Gwendolyn Brooks at 100

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Celebrating the centenary of Chicago’s most famous daughter—Gwendolyn Brooks. The first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the poet laureate of Illinois from 1968 until her death in 2000, Brooks was a poet, feminist, mother, activist, and literary icon, who brilliantly described the cultural, political, and racial landscape of 20th Century America.

Presented by Quraysh Ali Lansana
Quraysh Ali Lansana is an award-winning author of eight poetry books, three textbooks, three children’s books, editor of eight
anthologies, and coauthor of a book of pedagogy. A former student and friend of Brooks, he is currently a faculty member of the Writing Program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a former faculty member of the Drama Division of The Juilliard School.

Sponsored by Student Life, English Department, Oakton Library, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Diversity Council.

For more information, contact Krissie Harris, coordinator of Student Life, at 847.635.1699 or

Event Details

Wednesday, Oct. 4
11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Student Center, Des Plaines