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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - April 24, 2014

Full of Pepper and Light: Welcoming the Gwendoyln Brooks Papers to the University of Illinois

By Jason Croft

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(Duration: 4:53)

Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Brooks is probably best know for her poem “We Real Cool.” Brooks, a Pulitzer Prize Winner and a past Poet Laureate for the state of Illinois, died in 2000. Last fall, the University of Illinois Rare Book and Manuscript Library acquired her archives. Tonight, at 7:30 at the Lincoln Hall Theater there will be an event serving as an official welcoming of those papers.




WILL - Illinois Public Media News - April 02, 2014

Champaign Label Preserved 1890’s Recording Named To National Registry

By Jeff Bossert

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(Duration: 2:34)

One of the recordings now part of the Library of Congress’ national registry is considered the first ‘hit’ song by an African-American.  A Champaign-based record label is among those who have worked to preserve it.  






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