1941 - Born on the 14th of June in Washington, DC.
1965 - He married Judith Ann Goldman, an attorney, with whom he has three children: Daniel, Jacob, and Jamila.
1966 - He was the second African-American to win a Rhodes Scholarship, graduating.
1984 - He is the first to win the International PEN/Faulkner Award twice.
1988 - His son Jacob was convicted of a murder in Flagstaff, Arizona.
2000 - He won the O. Henry Award for his short story "Weight", published in The Callaloo Journal.
- Marriage ended in divorce.
2004 - He married journalist Catherine Nedonchelle, and currently lives with her and her son, Romeo Alexander, on the Lower East Side.
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