"America needs a voice like hers": Gwendolyn Brooks and A Street in Bronzeville (1945) | Newberry

"America needs a voice like hers": Gwendolyn Brooks and A Street in Bronzeville (1945)

Gwendolyn Brooks in 1945

Gwendolyn Brooks in 1945

First edition from the Newberry collection. Call Number: PS3503.R7244 S8 1945

Front and back cover of the first edition in the Newberry collection.

Chicago Studies Program
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Reception 5:30 pm; Program 6 to 7:30 pm

Ruggles Hall   

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As part of a citywide celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks marking the one-hundredth anniversary of her birth, the Newberry will gather poets, scholars, historians, and archivists to discuss the historical context of Brooks’ groundbreaking first book of poems, A Street in Bronzeville. Published in in August 1945—the same month that World War II ended—the collection expresses the rich complexities of life on Chicago’s South Side within the larger fight for democracy both at home and abroad.


When Richard Wright read the book in manuscript draft, he realized, “America needs a voice like hers.”


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