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In 1950, Brooks was the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize. Brooks did more than illuminate the Black experience; she transcended racial boundaries, paving the way for transformative Black figures like Barack Obama. Both Chicagoans and award winning authors, Brooks and Obama garner support that extends far beyond race.

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