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Dr. Brenda Greene Appraises Gwendolyn Brooks at Conference

Monday, February 06, 2017

Celebrations around the country this year have marked the centennial of the birth of poet Gwendolyn Brooks, the first black writer to win the Pulitzer and a towering literary figure.

Brenda M. Greene, Executive Director of the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, and chair of the English Department, will take part in a reflection on Brooks on February 25 at the 2017 National Black Writers Satellite Conference at California State University, Sacramento.

Brooks will also be the theme for the 2017 National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium: “Our Miss Brooks: A Centennial Celebration.” It takes place Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Founders Auditorium at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, N.Y. Dr. Greene is Director of the National Black Writers Conference. For more information please visit

Brooks was the author of more than 25 published works, including the collections Annie Allen and The Bean Eaters, and the novel Maud Martha. In her later works, Brooks took on political issues and through her powerful, socially and politically conscious poetry and prose provided a window into the life of Blacks in 20th-century urban America.
“Gwendolyn Brooks was an extraordinary writer, educator and activist who wrote with fierce urgency about issues her community as well as society were dealing with; she captured in words what was happening at the moment,” said Dr. Greene.
The Sacramento conference is a collaboration between California State University, Sacramento and Medgar Evers College’s Center for Black Literature.  It is also part of the University’s 23rd Annual Multicultural Education Conference.  
Dr. Greene and Dr. Dale Allender, Assistant Professor of Language and Literacy in the Department of Teaching Credentials at California State University, Sacramento, will hold a conversation to discuss Brooks’ impact on American culture.

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