Writer Toni Asante Lightfoot will emcee Brooksday, a celebration of poet Gwendolyn Brooks, the first black author to win the Pulitzer Prize. Brooks died in 2000.

Writers will read works throughout the day at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. A video that shows an interview with Brooks will be played.

This is the first Brooksday, but organizers hope to hold the event every year on June 7, Brooks' birthday.