via BlackAmericaWeb/CHEVEL JOHNSON and REBECCA SANTANA:
We lost a treasure in novelist Ernest J Gaines….He wrote about the struggles of Black America.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a statement that Gaines “used his immense vision and literary talents to tell the stories of African Americans in the South. We are all blessed that Ernest left words and stories that will continue to inspire many generations to come.
Some of the books he wrote were “A Lesson Before Dying,” published in 1993 Gaines was awarded a “genius grant” that year by the MacArthur Foundation, receiving $335,00
“The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” (1971) and “A Gathering of Old Men” (1984) became honored television movies.
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