reading at the University of California, Berkeley, of
selected poetry written by the late Gwendolyn Brooks.
She was the first African American to win the Pulitzer
Prize and first African American to be named consultant-in-poetry
to the Library of Congress.
event will celebrate the life of the poet, novelist,
children's book author and 1968 Illinois Poet Laureate,
who is considered one of the most important African
American poets of the 20th century.
- 1 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 19), 12-1 p.m., the true
birthday of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King
315, the Maude Fife Room at Wheeler Hall, UC Berkeley.
Wheeler is just northeast of Sather Gate, near the entrance
to the campus at Telegraph Avenue and Bancroft Way.
will be faculty and staff members at UC Berkeley, which
recently became home to a substantial share of Brooks'
personal papers. The dozen readers include Leon Litwack,
a professor of history and winner of the Pulitzer Prize
in history, and Vè Vè Clark, an associate
professor of African American studies, who will read one
of Brooks' most popular poems, "We Real Cool."
Other readings in memory of Brooks will take place tomorrow
around the globe, including at a women's group in Warsaw,
Poland, in the classroom of teacher Julina Bonilla at
Webster Academy in the Oakland Unified School District,
and at a gathering of women of color in Kansas City,
UC Berkeley event is co-sponsored by UC Berkeley's African
American Studies and English departments, The Bancroft
Library and the McNair Scholars Program.