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Community Advocacy Organization

A Look In The Mirror - Sterling Brown (1901 - 1989) Poet


African-American poet and professor Sterling Brown was born on May 1st, 1901, in Washington DC. He is one of the most prominent figures in the Harlem Renaissance, which sought to celebrate the cultural contributions and literature of African Americans. Brown was the first African-American to receive a PhD in English at Harvard University.


James Brown's poetry reflected on the African-American experience, and he sought to bring the community's triumphs and struggles to the forefront of literature in the US. His works, such as "The Last Ride Of Wild Bill" and "Southeastern Road," have gained him a significant following.


Brown was a passionate advocate for the rights of African-Americans. He believed that education and the arts were crucial to a more just society, and he worked to promote cultural understanding and literacy among others. His influence also extended beyond the pages of literature. He served as an adviser for various organizations and government agencies focused on racial equality.


Brown was widely acknowledged for his achievements. He received numerous awards, such as the Bollingen Prize and the Spingarn Medal. He died on January 13, 1989. His legacy continues to inspire a wide range of scholars and poets. His work continues to be a vital part of the African-American literary canon, and it demonstrates how poetry can transcend and transform.

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