Centennial Brooks - A Tribute Celebration

A tribute gathering of scholars, writers, musicians and fans April 6-8, 2017

Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial at the University of Chicago

The University of Chicago is partnering with the Our Miss Brooks 100 initiative and Brooks Permissions to honor the legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks—the first African American poet to win the Pulitzer Prize. A Chicago native, Brooks’ energy courses through black American culture and around the world. Join UChicago for Centennial Brooks, April 6-8, 2017 and other related events throughout the momentous centennial year.

Centennial Brooks

Centennial Brooks is both a scholarly conference and a celebration, gathering scholars, writers and musicians in tribute to Brooks’ legacy. Centennial Brooks is presented by the University of Chicago in partnership with the DuSable Museum of African American History and the Poetry Foundation from April 6-8, 2017 at the Logan Center for the Arts and the DuSable Museum. The event is presented alongside Our Miss Brooks 100—a city-wide program for Chicagoans, from schoolchildren to activists to scholars, and for any citizens who love Brooks’ poetry and admire her example. The evidence is clear: Brooks’ writing is more alive, more provocative, more compelling than ever. View the schedule.

Related Events


SEASONS: A Gwendolyn Brooks Experience Book Launch Celebration

March 1, 2017 at 5:30pm

Logan Center, Performance Penthouse

Join us as we launch Seasons, edited by Nora Brooks Blakely and Cynthia Walls, a new publication in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Gwendolyn Brooks’ birth with a performance by the Aurora Performance Group, readings, dancing, food, birthday cake, and much more.


Joffrey Ballet Celebrates Gwendolyn Brooks

March 16, 2017 at 10:30am

Logan Center, Performance Penthouse

To celebrate Gwendolyn Brooks’ centennial, the Joffrey Ballet is using dance to illuminate the works of this Chicago icon.

Closed to the public. By invitation-only for CPS students.

Centennial Brooks Conference

April 6-7, 2017

Logan Center and DuSable Museum

The Centennial Brooks event is both a scholarly conference and a celebration, gathering scholars, writers and musicians in tribute to Brooks’ legacy.


Angela Jackson – A Surprised Queenhood

May 30, 2017 7 PM

Logan Center, Performance Penthouse

Join us for a retrospective discussion on the cultural and political force of Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks, in celebration of her one hundredth birthday with Angela Jackson.



Wednesday, June 7, 2017 6-9:00 PM

Logan Center, Performance Hall

There are many ways Gwendolyn Brooks is being honored this centennial year, but BrooksDay@Nite is the central celebration!

$35 before May 7, $45 May 7th through day of Event.

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