Aesop (Aethiop) (c. 620-560 B.C.)
Legendary creator of what is now referred to as Aesop's Fables. Although he lived in Ancient Greece, Aesop is believed to have been a black slave from Phrygia, a region now in central turkey.
Among the everyday phrases that his fables have made popular are "don't count your chickens before they hatch", "sour grapes", and "look before your leap"
Source of text: Altman, Susan, The Encyclopedia of African-American Heritage. New York: Facts on File , 1997
Aesop's Fables includes a total of 655+ Fables