In Memoriam

Carolyn Marie Rodgers (1940-2010)

Carolyn Rodgers, an educator who was one of the leading poets of the black arts movement, died last month at a hospice center in Chicago after a battle with cancer. She was 69 years old.

Rodgers attended the University of Illinois but graduated from Roosevelt University. She later earned a master’s degree at the University of Chicago.

Rodgers published several volumes of poetry with her work frequently espousing the theme of the strength of black women. She also published short stories and wrote literary criticism for several publications.

During her long career she taught at Malcolm X College, Harold Washington College, and Columbia College in Chicago.