Photo courtesy of Uneek Doll Designs

Gwendolyn Brooks was a tour de force African-American poet who won the highest awards in American literature for her work, beginning with being the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize in 1950.

A playground park is named after this lifelong Chicago resident, and it features a bronze bust of the writer. Be sure to bring some of her poetry with you to read aloud there if you choose to take this stop on a sunny day.

Also read about one of her meeting places at the Hall Library, a branch of the Chicago Public Library.

This is the third stop on our Illinois Trail!

Patricia Smart