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Poet Gwendolyn Brooks lived in Chicago’s Ivy Park Homes, formerly known as the Princeton Park housing project, when she won the Pulitzer Prize in 1950. (Erick Johnson/Chicago Crusader)

Poet Gwendolyn Brooks lived in Chicago’s Ivy Park Homes, formerly known as the Princeton Park housing project, when she won the Pulitzer Prize in 1950. (Erick Johnson/Chicago Crusader)

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Gwendolyn Brooks won the Pulitzer Prize while living in a housing project

Gwendolyn Brooks’ apartment was dark on May 1, 1950. The brilliant, award-winning Black poet, who wrote about life on Chicago’s South Side, had not paid her electric bill.