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Gwendolyn Elizabeth Blakely Brooks 1917 - 2000

Gwendolyn Elizabeth Blakely Brooks

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December 20, 2000
What manner of woman was she? Gwendolyn Brooks was our teacher and friend. She loved and celebrated black people and black life, and she taught us that it was all right and necessary to love our black selves. She was a lover of humanity. I thank God for her example, for her service, for her body of work that will continue to energize, inspire, and guide us.

I will miss Miss Brooks.
December 20, 2000
Ms. Brooks inspired me as a young
child. She had a major impact on
my appreciation for poetry and I
will always admire her work and
introduce her writings to my children.
December 20, 2000
Decades ago, Gwendolyn Brooks established herself and earned her permanent place as a literary icon and canon in American Literaturre, where she shall remain, eternally, unmatched. I was inspired after being in the CSU classroom with her to write a proposal for an NEH grant, and received $18,000 for a project with teachers in 1992. My mission now is to make Gwendolyn Brooks a household name. I've started with my high school and college classes, and will extend. I encourage all to do the same. Haki Madhubuti referred to her as a 'living legend', we must see that the legend lives on . . .
December 15, 2000
What a blessing to have had your beautiful life and spirit among us! Rest in peace.
December 14, 2000
I will always think about the ideas, the words, and the plans.
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