Wallace Henry Thurman was born August 16, 1902 in Salt Lake City, UT. He attended the University of Utah and the University of Southern California. Thurman is best known for his contributions to the Harlem Renaissance, which includes his novel "The Blacker the Berry and "A Novel of Negro Life". The novels included themes of colors in the black community, which explored discrimination within the Black community based on skin color. He also founded the magazine Fire. The magazine was devoted to younger artist. Thurman's work sought to show the real lives African Americans.