Written by: Shyniqua Stalling
On June 19, 1872 Sutton E. Griggs was born in Chatfield, Texas. He would grow up to become a novelist, essayist, biographer, publisher, Baptist minister, and pastor. During the time he held pastorates in Virginia and Tennessee he wrote thirty-three books, five of which were novels. These books focused on African American pride and self-help.
Griggs established the Orion Publishing Company which saw to his own books receiving more circulation than that of other writers. In his novels he focuses on the political aspects of life. His characters reject the steortypical characteristics of the times and are instead what a person would aspire to be like.
His first novel, Imperium in Imperio, was a political work. The novel was published in 1899 and told of a national, secret organization that that demanded one of two things: a complete redress of grievances or the formation of a separate state for their people. Griggs died in Houston, Texas on January 3, 1933.