Celebrating Black History Month | Gwendolyn Brooks
Brooks once described her style as “folksy narrative,” but she varied her forms, using abstract word patterns, sonnets and other models.
Also known as an advocate for creative writing and poetry, Brooks often traveled to libraries, schools, drug rehabilitation centers and prisons, reading her work.
We real cool. We
Left school. We
Lurk late. We
Strike straight. We
Sing sin. We
Thin gin. We
Jazz June. We
(“We Real Cool” from “The Bean Eaters”)
CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Throughout February, we'll spotlight a different African-American pioneer in the daily Living section Monday through Thursday and Saturday, and in the Metro section on Fridays and Sundays. Go to myAJC.com/black-history-month for more subscriber exclusives on people, places and organizations that have changed the world, and to see videos on the African-American pioneer featured here each day.