Gwendolyn Brooks

(7 June 1917 – 3 December 2000 / Topeka, Kansas)

Gwendolyn Brooks
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Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks was an African-American poet. She was appointed Poet Laureate of Illinois in 1968 and Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1985.

Biography

Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks was born on June 7, 1917, in Topeka, Kansas, the first child of David Anderson Brooks and Keziah Wims. Her mother was a former school teacher who had chosen that field because she could not afford to attend medical school. (Family lore held that her paternal grandfather had escaped slavery to join Union forces during the American Civil War.) When Brooks was six weeks old, her family moved to Chicago, Illinois during the Great Migration; from then... more »

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  • ''I don't like the idea of the black race being diluted out of existence. I like the idea of all of us being here.''
    Gwendolyn Brooks (b. 1917), African American poet. As quoted in I Dream a World, by Brian Lanker (1989).
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  • Rookie - 0 Points Tom Putin (9/15/2014 10:43:00 AM)

    My Swag Levels are off the charts how did I get here

  • Rookie - 0 Points Tom Putin (9/15/2014 10:42:00 AM)

    The apple watch is a ripoff im giviving it two stars

  • Rookie Anna-lee Simmons (2/4/2014 5:30:00 PM)

    I don't even like poems but she's really swaggy and fresh

  • Silver Star - 9,544 Points Ramesh Rai (10/8/2012 7:48:00 AM)

    Brooks is indeed a brook. all poems are like brook.

  • Rookie Raj Sekhar (10/3/2007 2:13:00 AM)

    wow. ithink u r real as nature.

  • Rookie Vikram Aarella - The Poem Shooter (5/18/2006 1:26:00 PM)

    Gwendolyn Brooks has written some very nice poems.

  • Rookie Janay D. Burton (3/8/2005 1:38:00 PM)

    'Sadie and Maud' by Gwendolyn Brooks is one of the poems that I think women all around the world should have the pleasure of reading. It signifies the independent lives that women have and the joy that life might bring.

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