Gwendolyn Brooks Poet

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.

Personal details

Date of birth
June 7th, 1917
United States of America
Date of death
December 3rd, 2000 at age of 83
Place of death
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Cause of death
African American
Places lived
Topeka , Kansas
pop. 127,679 (2013)
Illinois , United States, with Territories
pop. 12,882,135 (2013)




1. Hyde Park Academy High School High school

Hyde Park Career Academy is a public 4-year high school located in the Woodlawn neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois. Opened in 1863, it is located at 6220 S Stony Island Ave. It is a part of the Chicago Public Schools District 299.

Type High school
6220 S Stony Island Avenue, 60637 - Chicago, Illinois
Official web page
Wikipedia article

People attended Hyde Park Academy High School connected by profession and/or age

b. 1916., Musical Artist
b. 1917., Lawyer
b. 1897., Aviator

2. Englewood Technical Prep Academy High school

Englewood Technical Prep Academy (Chicago) or sometimes referred to as simply Englewood High School (Chicago), part of the Chicago Public School system, served the Englewood community on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois. The school graduated its last class of 151 students in June 2008. The school was closed as an action in the CPS Renaissance 2010 program. There are two new schools currently using the same building: Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men and Team Englewood. The exact location of the campus is +41° 46' 52.61", -87° 38' 4.

Type Secondary school
6201 South Stewart Ave., 60621 - Chicago, Illinois
Wikipedia article

Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by career
Notable alumni by gender

People attended Englewood Technical Prep Academy connected by profession and/or age

b. 1916., Visual Artist
b. 1920., Musician
b. 1935., Astronaut
b. 1909., Writer
b. 1939., Physicist
b. 1926., Singer
b. 1944., Bandleader
b. 1908., Writer

Written work

1.In the Mecca; Poems

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1968. at New York City
1968. by HarperCollins

2.Annie Allen

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1971. at Westport

Awards won

1994 Jefferson Lecture

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
Family Pictures
National Endowment for the Humanities

1994 Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with

1989 Robert Frost Medal

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
Poetry Society of America

1985 United States Poet Laureate

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
Tenure as Consultant in Poetry: 1985-1986
Library of Congress

1969 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
In the Mecca; Poems Poetry Book
The Cleveland Foundation

1950 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
Annie Allen Book
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
American literature

1946 Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Creative arts

Hall of fame induction

Hall of fame Induction date Other inductees
National Women's Hall of Fame 1988
inducted 1973
inducted 1973
inducted 1993
inducted 1993


1.Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy

Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy is a public selective enrollment 4-year magnet high school located in the Roseland neighborhood on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. It is operated by Chicago Public Schools. A university-preparatory school, it is named for African-American poet Gwendolyn Brooks.
Geolocation Headquarters Official website
250 East 111th Street, 60628 - Chicago, Illinois


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