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Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks

Miss Brooks’ depictions of poor and working-class African Americans provides insight into the civil rights movement of the 1960s, and her lens on the Great Migration, hard and necessary truths about race injustice, and the Black Power movement interprets and contextualizes current racial inequities and tensions. This collection of poetry, essays, and art inspired by the work of Miss Brooks celebrates her life, writing, and activism.

It’s important to recognize that this year marks the 100th birthday of the late poet and cultural icon. Celebrations have occurred in cities around the nation including Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and New York City. This festival will be the first to feature celebration of Miss Brooks’ Centennial in Atlanta.