Mayor Harold Washington

By Gwendolyn Brooks 1917–2000 Gwendolyn Brooks
Mayor. Worldman. Historyman.
Beyond steps that occur and close,
your steps are echo-makers.

You can never be forgotten.

We begin our health.
We enter the Age of Alliance.
This is our senior adventure.

Gwendolyn Brooks, "Mayor Harold Washington" from Mayor Harold Washington. Copyright © 1983 by Gwendolyn Brooks.  Reprinted by permission of Estate of Gwendolyn Brooks.

Source: Blacks (Third World Press, 1994)

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Poet Gwendolyn Brooks 1917–2000

Subjects History & Politics, Social Commentaries

 Gwendolyn  Brooks

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Gwendolyn Brooks was a highly regarded, much-honored poet, with the distinction of being the first black author to win the Pulitzer Prize. She also was poetry consultant to the Library of Congress—the first black woman to hold that position—and poet laureate of the State of Illinois. Many of Brooks's works display a political consciousness, especially those from the 1960s and later, with several of her poems reflecting the civil . . .

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