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.