Remembering Gwendolyn Brooks, the First African American to win a Pulitzer Prize for literature

Gwendolyn Brooks wrote hundreds of poems during her lifetime. She had more than twenty books published. She is widely known for using poetry to increase understanding about black culture in America.

Gwendolyn Brooks wrote many poems about being black during the 1940s and 1950s. Her poems described conditions among the poor, racial inequality and drug use in the black community. She wrote poems about how black women struggles in America. She was was an expert at the language of poetry.

Gwendolyn Brooks on First May 1950 became the first African American to be given a Pulitzer Prize. It was awarded for the volume  Annie Allen, which chronicled in verse the life of an ordinary black girl growing up in the Bronzeville neighbourhood on Chicago’s south side.

She married Blakeley Jr, whom they had two children: Henry Lowngton Blakeley III, and Nora Brooks Blakeley. Brooks’ husband died in 1996.

Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks was born on June 7,1917 in Kansas. She died at her Chicago home on December 3,2000, aged 83.


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