June 7: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE LATE GREAT, MS. GWENDOLYN BROOKS

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE LATE GREAT, MS. GWENDOLYN BROOKS!!!

Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks was a poet. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1950 and was appointed Poet Laureate of Illinois in 1968 and Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1985.

Brooks also received more than 75 honorary degrees from colleges and universities worldwide

HONORS:
?1968, appointed Poet Laureate of Illinois.

?1985, selected as the Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, an honorary one-year position whose title was renamed the next year to Poet Laureate.

?1988, inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

?1989, awarded the Robert Frost Medal for lifetime achievement by the Poetry Society of America.

?1992, awarded the Aiken Taylor Award by the Sewanee Review

?1994, chosen as the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Jefferson Lecturer, one of the highest honors in American literature and the highest award in the humanities given by the federal government.

?1995, presented with the National Medal of Arts.

?1995, honored as the 1st Woman of the Year chosen by the Harvard Black Men’s Forum.

Other awards she received included the Shelley Memorial Award and an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

LEGACY:
✏1970: Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center, Macomb, Illinois

✏1995: Gwendolyn Brooks Elementary School, Aurora, Illinois

✏2001: Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy, Chicago, Illinois

✏2001: Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School, Harvey, Illinois

✏2002: Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School, Oak Park, Illinois

✏2003: Gwendolyn Brooks Illinois State Library, Springfield, Illinois

✏2002: 100 Greatest African Americans.

✏2004 Gwendolyn Brooks Park, 4542 S. Greenwood Ave. Chicago IL 606532005.

✏Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School, Bolingbrook, Illinois

✏2012: Honored on a United States’ postage stamp.

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