1908 – Born in Indianapolis, Indiana on the 18th of September.
1931 – Courlander received a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan.
1930 – He spent time in the on a farm in Romeo, Michigan.
1939 – He published his first book about Haitian life entitled Haiti Singing.
1943 – Courlander then worked as a writer and editor for the Office of War Information in New York City and Bombay, India.
1946 – He worked as a news writer and news analyst for the Voice of America in New York City.
1956 – He was an information specialist and speech writer for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.
1957 – He was a writer and editor for The United Nations Review.
1960 – Courlander was African specialist, Caribbean specialist, feature writer, and senior news analyst for the Voice of America in Washington, D.C.
– His book, The Drum and the Hoe: Life and Lore of the Haitian People, published, became a classic text for the study of Haitian culture.
– He served as a general editor of Ethnic Folkways Library and recorded more than 30 albums of music from different cultures.
1960 – Courlander began a series of field trips to the American Southwest to study the oral literature and culture of the Hopi Indians.
1967 – Courlander wrote seven novels, his most famous being The African, published.
1978 – Courlander went to federal district court in the Southern District of New York, charging Alex Haley of Roots with plagiarism of The African.
1996 – Died on the 15th of March.