Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Gloria Naylor: In Memoriam

Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Gloria Naylor: In Memoriam

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Gloria Naylor (1950-2016) was a celebrated author and educator; she joined the ancestors in September 2016 while visiting St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands. She is best known for her 1982 novel The Women of Brewster Place for which she won the National Book Award for the best first novel. The book was later adapted into a television miniseries produced by Oprah Winfrey, a fictional work that chronicles the communal strength of seven Black women living in decrepit rented houses on a walled-off street in an urban neighborhood. Naylor was a native of New York City, she earned a bachelor's degree in English at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York in 1981, and in 1983 she earned a master's degree in African American Studies from Yale University.

She had been distinguished with numerous honors, including Scholar-in-Residence, the University of Pennsylvania; Senior Fellow, The Society for the Humanities, Cornell University; the President's Medal, Brooklyn College; New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for screenwriting and Visiting Professor, University of Kent, Canterbury, England. …

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