Poet, novelist, and Pulitzer Prize winner Gwendolyn Brooks is heralded for her deftness capturing the everydayness of black people, especially black Chicagoans, in her writing. Works like A Street in Bronzeville (1945) and Maud Martha (1953) portray the mundane aspirations and realities of their characters. Brooks’ papers in the Bancroft Library show that the author was very much attuned to the commonplace and ordinary in her own life as well. This April 20th talk by Amani Morrison looks at some of Brooks’s artifacts and writings, and suggests how the author’s own practices of marking time and experiences might help us to creatively rethink our own.
Bancroft Roundtable: MARKING TIME: GWENDOLYN BROOKS AND THE MUNDANE WORLD
April 20, noon
Lewis-Latimer Room, The Faculty Club
Presented by Amani Morrison, Bancroft Library Study Award recipient and doctoral candidate in African Diaspora Studies, UC Berkeley
Photo: [Baby shoes of Henry Blakely III, ca. 1940], The Bancroft Library, BANC PIC 2001.201–OBJ. Photographed by José Adrián Barragán-Álvarez, PhD.