Gwendolyn Brooks was a famous poet and author during the 1900s. Brooks used literature to detail black stories and experiences. In 1950, Gwendolyn Brooks won a Pulitzer Prize for her literacy work “Annie Allen.” She became the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize.
Today, she is remembered as one of the most influential black female poets in history. Several prestigious institutions have been named in her honor including Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy High School in Chicago.