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Dr. Haki Madhubuti, founder of Third World Press is one of 11 writers recognized by The Poetry Foundation with the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. PHOTO PROVIDED BY THE POETRY FOUNDATION.

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Dr. Haki R. Madhubuti founded Third World Press in 1967 in his basement apartment in Englewood on 62nd and Ada, with $200 and a lithograph machine. The idea was that Black people needed to read books unfiltered and uncensored. His love of books began when he read Richard Wright’s “Black Boy” at the age of 14.