Black in the Day…It Was Written

September 27, 1950:   On this day Gwendolyn Brooks became the first Black person to win a Pulitzer Prize for her book of poetry, Annie Allen. This wasn’t her only first that she accomplished. 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. Also, In 1976, she became the first Black woman inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Gwendolyn Brooks is one of the most highly regarded, influential, and widely read poets of 20th-century…