The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College hosted a tribute to Gwendolyn Brooks last month. On March 25th, poet Haki Madhubuti came to the center to serve as keynote speaker.
“Our Miss Brooks: A Centennial Celebration” was the title of the event. Brooks was the first black author to win the Pulitzer Prize and she published over 20 books of poetry.
The celebration was the highlight of the college’s National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium. General admission was $10 and students, faculty and seniors were admitted for $5.
Madhubuti counts Brooks as one of his top inspirations. He is a member of the Black Arts Movement and has also published over 20 books of poetry.
Over time, Madhubuti’s poetry transitioned from a personal focus to political. He is a former winner of the American Book Award and has had fellowships with the National Endowment of Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Madhubuti is the co-founder of the Third World Press. He holds a MFA from the University of Iowa.
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