Early life Gwendolyn Brooks was born on June 7,in Topeka, Kansas, the eldest child of Keziah Wims Brooks, a schoolteacher, and David Anderson Brooks, a janitor, who, because he lacked the funds to finish school, did not achieve his dream of becoming a doctor. Brooks grew up in Chicago, Illinois. Her parents often read to her and encouraged her to do well in school, but she was a shy girl.
Later that year the Brooks family moved to Chicago, where her two siblings were born. She promptly encouraged this talent by exposing the girl to various forms of literature. Her parents, however were very strict and she was not allowed to play with the kids in the neighborhood.
As a child she lacked the sass and brass of the other girls in her class and became very isolated. As a result, she made few friends while in school.
When Brooks was at home in her room she often created a world of her own by reading and writing stories and poetry. Due to her lack of social skills she became very shy and continued to be shy throughout her adult life.
After graduating from high school she went on to Wilson Junior College and graduated in Her early verses appeared in the Chicago Defender, a newspaper written primarily for the black community of Chicago. She came from South Dakota State College, which was all white, where she was received with love.
Now she had arrived at an all black college where she was now coldly respected. After this trip Brooks says that she is no longer asleep she is now awake. After she became aware that other blacks feel that way and are not hesitant about saying it.
She appeals to her people for understanding and is more conscious of them in her writing. In she published her next major collection of poetry, In the Mecca. The effect of her awakening is noticeable in her poetry.
Brooks is less concerned with poetic form, and uses mostly free verse. In she was named poet laureate for the state of Illinois and was also the first African American to receive an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Since then, Gwendolyn Brooks has gone on to receive over fifty honorary doctorates from numerous colleges and universities.
In she became professor of English at Chicago State University.
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