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Sonia Sanchez with presenter Miguel Algarin

2001 Recipient - Sonia Sanchez

Sonia Sanchez is one of the most significant and influential American poets to emerge from the 1960s. Sanchez is the author of seven published plays and more than a dozen books of poetry, and has received several honors which include the Community Service Award from the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, the Lucretia Mott Award, the Outstanding Arts Award from the Pennsylvania Coalition of 100 Black Women, and the Ford Freedom Scholar Award and the Robert Frost Medal.