African-American artist and art professor who was best known for her painted story quilts.
She was born and raised in Harlem and studied at the City College of New York. Later, she taught in the art department at the University of California, San Diego.
She wrote and illustrated seventeen books for children, including the Coretta Scott King Award-winning work 'Tar Beach' from 1991.
Her second husband was Burdette Ringgold. She and her daughter Michele Wallace co-founded Women Students and Artists for Black Art Liberation. She also has a daughter named Barbara.
She was given the Peace Corps Award by President Barack Obama.