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Black History, First Black Female, Gwendolyn Brooks, Poetry, Pulitzer Prize -

  June 7, 1917 - Poetess Gwendolyn Brooks, first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize (Poetry 1950) is born Although she was born on 7 June 1917 in Topeka, Kansas--the first child of David and Keziah Brooks--Gwendolyn Brooks is "a Chicagoan." The family moved to Chicago shortly after her birth, and despite her extensive travels and periods in some of the major universities of the country, she has remained associated with the city's South Side. What her strong family unit lacked in material wealth was made bearable by the wealth of human capital that resulted from warm interpersonal relationships....

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Black Astronaut, Black History, Black Power, Dr. Mae C. Jemison, First Black Female, NASA -

    June 5, 1987 - Dr. Mae C. Jemison becomes first Black woman astronaut. When the space shuttle Endeavour blasted off on its second mission, it carried the first African American woman into space. But Mae Jemison was more than an astronaut – she's also a physician, a Peace Corps volunteer, a teacher, and founder and president of two technology companies. Let's take a look at this remarkable woman. Early life Born in Decatur, Ala., on Oct. 17, 1956, Mae Carol Jemison moved to Chicago, Ill., at the age of 3 and considers the city her hometown. The youngest...

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