American children's author best known for presenting a realistic and positive view of modern African-American communities.
She attended Miner Teachers College, but did not complete her degree as she realized she did not want to be a teacher. She, instead, worked for the Post Office.
She won the Coretta Scott King Award for her 1976 novel, Africa Dream.
She and her husband, Steve, had one daughter named Monica.
She wrote a notable biography of civil rights leader Rosa Parks.