Wednesday, May 1, 2013

We Will Miss Our Dear Friend Fredrick McKissack

The NCBLA Extends Our Deepest, Heartfelt Condolences to the McKissack Family
Upon the Passing of Fredrick McKissack

Fredrick and Patricia McKissack pose behind their home in 2009.
Photograph from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance is deeply saddened by the loss of beloved board member Fredrick McKissack, husband and writing partner of NCBLA board member Patricia McKissack. Fred, with Pat, was a founding board member of the NCBLA, gifting us with his time and talent, his experience and wisdom, expanding our perspective in multiple directions.

Patricia and Fredrick McKissack created over 100 books for young people, Pat doing the majority of the writing, Fred doing the research. Their book, A Long Hard Journey:The Story of the Pullman Porter, was awarded both the Coretta Scott King Award and the Jane Addams Peace Award; other books have received numerous national awards and accolades. Fred McKissack felt strongly that all young people need good literature by and about African Americans. He stated a dual goal of improving the self-image of African-American children and of encouraging an open attitude in all children toward cultures different from their own.

Fred McKissack was a man of honor and duty; a man of compassion and kindness; a man who brought light, joy, love, and wisdom into the lives of his beautiful family and many friends. We are so grateful, and honored, to have had Fred in our lives.

For those who would like to honor the life of Fredrick McKissack, donations may be made to the United Negro College Fund in Fred's name. Click here

Read the obituary for Fredrick McKissack in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch here