M. Carl Holman

M. Carl Holman (born June 27, 1919, Minter City, Mississippi, United States — died August 9, 1988, Washington, D.C.) was an African-American author, poet, playwright, and civil rights advocate.[1] One of his noted works is The Baptizin‘ (1971). In 1968, Ebony listed him as one of the 100 most influential Black Americans.

Holman grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. He was graduated magna cum laude from Lincoln University in 1942 and earned a master's degree from the University of Chicago. He then earned another master's degree from Yale University, where he attended on a creative writing scholarship. He taught as an English professor at Clark College for 14 years and also taught at Hampton University and Lincoln University.

At one time, he ed the Atlanta Inquirer, a weekly black journal at Clark College that reported on civil rights issues in the South. In 1962, he moved to Washington, D.C., to work at the Civil Rights Commission, becoming its deputy director in 1966. He served on the Washington, D.C. Board of Higher Education, which governed the university that then was named, Federal City College. He also served as a housing consultant to the mayor of Washington, D.C.

From 1971 to 1988, he served as director of the National Urban Coalition, an organization formed after the riots of 1967, where he advocated for programs in housing, education, employment, and economic development.[2] He became its president in 1971. At the time, the organization maintained chapters in 48 cities.[3]


He was married to Mariella Holman and they had three children, a daughter, Kinshasha Conwill, and two sons, Kwame Holman and Kwasi Holman.[4]


  1. ^ Thompson, Julius Eric (2001). Black Life in Mississippi: Essays on Political, Social, and Cultural Studies in a Deep South State. University Press of America.
  2. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/1988/08/11/m-carl-holman-dies-at-69/d7fb8c4a-f816-4df4-af1c-fe9aafa5a1df
  3. ^ New York Times. "Jack Vaughn is Named Urban Coalition Head". October 8, 1970
  4. ^ 1988 obituary of M. Carl Holman in the Washington Post