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Gwendolyn Brooks

Poet from United States of America

Gwendolyn Brooks Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks (June 7, 1917 – December 3, 2000) 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. 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 on, Chicago was her hometown. She went by the nickname "Gwendie" among her close friends. Her home life was stable and loving, although she encountered racial prejudice in her neighborhood and in schools. She attended Hyde Park High School, the leading white high school in the city, before transferring to the all-black Wendell Phillips. Brooks eventually attended an integrated school, Englewood High School. In 1936 she graduated from Wilson Junior College. These four schools gave her a perspective  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Known as
Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks
Date of birth
1917-06-07
Place of birth
Topeka
Nationality
United States of America
Spouse(s)
Henry Blakely
Profession
Poet, Writer

Education

Institution From To
Englewood Technical Prep Academy
Hyde Park Career Academy

Death

Date of death
2000-12-03
Cause of death
Cancer
Place of death
Chicago
Place of burial
Lincoln Cemetery

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