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Tananarive Due

Tananarive Due (BSJ87) was inducted into Hall of Achievement 2010.

Due is the author of numerous books and short stories. She collaborates with her husband, author Steven Barnes, on the Tennyson Hardwick mystery series along with actor Blair Underwood. Due authored “The Black Rose,” a historical novel about the life of Madam C.J. Walker, based on the research of Alex Haley; and “Freedom in the Family: A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights,” which she co-authored with her mother, the late civil rights activist Patricia Stephens Due. “Freedom in the Family” was named 2003's Best Civil Rights Memoir by Black Issues Book Review. She has received the American Book Award winner and NAACP Image Award.

Due has an M.A. in English literature from the University of Leeds, England, where she specialized in Nigerian literature as a Rotary Foundation Scholar. Due is a former Cosby Chair in the Humanities at Spelman College (2012-2014), where she taught screenwriting, creative writing and journalism. She teaches in the creative writing MFA program at Antioch University Los Angeles.