In Memoriam: Gloria Naylor, 1950-2016

naylorGloria Naylor, the celebrated author and educator, died in the Virgin Islands late last month after suffering a heart attack. She was 66 years old.

Naylor 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.

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 System. She went on to earn a master’s degree in African American studies at Yale University.

In addition to her writing career, Naylor taught creating writing at several educational institutions including Cornell University, New York University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Boston University.

Related Articles

1 COMMENT

  1. Ms. Naylor’s book are some of my most favorite. They all fit into the “I can’t put this book down” category. So glad we have her body of wonderful work and sadden that her creative talents are now silenced love and blessings.

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Alcorn State University Announces Unique STEM-Focused MBA Degree Program

The new STEM-MBA program at Alcorn State, the first of its kind in the state of Mississippi, will prepare students to become business leaders in STEM industries through courses on foundational STEM and business concepts, as well as data analysis and strategic decision-making.

Five Black Women Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions at Universities Across the United States

Here is this week’s roundup of African Americans who have been appointed to dean positions at universities throughout the United States. If you have news for our appointments section, please email the information to contact@jbhe.com.

PNC Partners With Howard University to Empower Black Entrepreneurship

The Howard University and PNC National Center for Entrepreneurship aims to support and educate Black entrepreneurs from across the country. The collaborative initiative includes three other HBCU partners: Morgan State University, Clark Atlanta University, and Texas Southern University.

Saida Grundy Wins Race, Gender, and Class Book Award From the American Sociology Association

Dr. Grundy's book, Respectable: Politics and Paradox in Making the Morehouse Man, explores the culture and experiences of graduates from Morehouse College in Atlanta, the country's only historically Black college for men.

Featured Jobs