African American Poetry (1870-1928): A Digital Anthology

Effie Lee Newsome: Poems and Author Profile

Effie Lee Newsome (1885-1979) was born in Philadelphia, though her family moved to Ohio when she was quite young. Newsome initially began publishing in The Crisis as Mary Effie Lee in 1917. She married Reverend Henry Nesby Newsome in 1920, and afterward published as Effie Lee Newsome. She wrote a monthly column for The Crisis called "The Little Page," between 1925 and 1934. She also wrote poetry for adults. 

Newsome worked as a librarian at an elementary school in Wilberforce, Ohio. 

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