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Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial

August 24, 2020

2017 marks the centennial year of genius poet Gwendolyn Brooks, born on June 7, 1917. Brooks was the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize for any literary genre. She had published 75 poems by the age of 16 and recalled “very early in life I became fascinated with the wonders language can achieve. And I began playing with words.” This evening we celebrate the wonder of language as influenced by Brooks’s life and compositions.

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