This month in history (36 years ago)
Celebrated poet Robert Hayden, a former U-M student, Hopwood Award winner (twice, for poetry) and faculty member, was remembered by family and friends in an April 5, 1980, memorial program at the Michigan League Ballroom, several weeks after his death. Hayden’s poetry gained international recognition in the 1960s. In 1975, he received the Academy of American Poets Fellowship. In 1976, he became the first African American to be appointed as consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress (later called the poet laureate).
— From The Michigan Daily and poets.org