CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The University of Illinois has announced it has obtained a collection of papers from poet Haki Madhubuti (HAH’-kee mod-uh-BOO’-tee).
The university’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library announced the acquisition.
It includes documents from Third World Press and the Third World Press Foundation that Madhubuti founded. The press is the oldest independent black-owned publisher in the U.S. It is the publisher of many prominent black writers such as Gwendolyn Brooks .
University officials say the materials provide a record of the organization’s workings. Documents describe its editorial processes, correspondence with key literary figures, marketing, distribution and fundraising.
The 75-year-old Madhubuti wanted the papers to stay in Illinois. He says, “This is my state.”
The poet, educator and activist also started several south-side Chicago charter schools.