Gwendolyn Brooks dies at the age of 83

December 3

On December 3, 2000, Gwendolyn Brooks died at the age of 83. 

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.


McCann, H. (2000, December 5). Pulitzer prize-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks dies at 83. The Washington Post. Retrieved December 1, 2022, from

Jones, J. (n.d.). This day in black history: Sept. 27, 1950. BET. Retrieved December 1, 2022, from

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