Quote of the Day: Gwendolyn Brooks on a Grittier Life

The poet on how even women want to experience the hard-knock life every now and then.

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Gwendolyn Brooks

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You can read this quote by Gwendolyn Brooks, from her poem “A Song in the Front Yard” (1945), in Bartlett’s Familiar Black Quotations. Read the quote in its full context here.

Henry Louis Gates Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and founding director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. He is also the editor-in-chief of The Root. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.