VFA PIONEER HISTORIES PROJECT: GWENDOLYN ELIZABETH BROOKSadmin2021-11-03T11:20:08-04:00
THE VFA PIONEER HISTORIES PROJECT
Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks
June 7, 1917 – December 3, 2000
“I think it’s wonderful that there is a women’s movement – black women are women too.”
Poet, Author, Educator. First African-American awarded a Pulitzer Prize, May 1, 1950. Appointed Poet Laureate of Illinois, 1968. Named the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress for the 1985–86 term. First African-American woman inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1976.
Photo. Gwendolyn poses with her first book of poems, A Street in Bronzeville.