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Celebrate Gwendolyn Brooks’ birthday at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library

A black and white photograph of a Black woman with short hair, seated behind a typewriter. There is a bookshelf behind her.
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You can always count on the RBML to come through with solid events. They’ve covered the history of witchcraft, they craft exhibits about very specific pieces of history, they’ve done speed dating with books, and they have made a regular habit of honoring a very important person in Illinois history, Gwendolyn Brooks.

On June 7th, from 3 to 5 p.m., you can celebrate Brooks’ birthday at the RBML, with cake, conversation, and an opportunity to peruse her writings, which are held in the library’s archives. Brooks grew up in Chicago, was the first Black poet to win the Pulitzer Prize, and she was the Illinois Poet Lauereate for 32 years.

Gwendolyn Brooks Birthday Bash
Rare Book & Manuscript Library
346 Library, MC-522
1408 West Gregory Drive
June 7th, 3 to 5 p.m.

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