Carolyn M. Rodgers was a groundbreaking poet who gave focus to the issues of African American identity and culture in her work. Her poems were central to the Black Arts Movement of the late 1960s. According to the Los Angeles Times, her sister, Nina R. Gordon, told the paper she died of cancer in early April at the age of 69. She was in hospice care at Mercy Hospital in Chicago.
Rodgers studied with another dynamic, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks. Brooks died 10 years ago. She was instrumental to bringing black women’s strength and courage through her poetry as she explored black women’s ability to rise no matter what.
Haki Madhubuti, fellow poet and world renowned owner of publishing company Third World Press, told the Times, “Carolyn Rodgers was one of the finest poets to come out of the Black Arts Movement.”
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