Louise Meriwether, A Life of Writing and Activism

During the 14th National Black Writers Conference, “Gathering at the Waters: Healing, Legacy and Activism in Black Literature,” which was held at Medgar Evers College in March 2018, the Center for Black Literature presented a special award to Ms. Louise Meriwether. At age 96, she was honored in “Recognition of Her Commitment to a Lifetime of Literary Activism.”

Meriwether is a prominent author, journalist, essayist, educator, and antiwar activist. She was the first Black woman to be hired as a story editor in Hollywood and the author of Daddy Was a Number Runner, which was published in 1970.

She also authored books Fragments of the Ark and Shadow Dancing. Before the program, Dr. Brenda Greene had the pleasure of interviewing Ms. Meriwether, and they talked about her life and her work. The interview appears in the Winter 2019 issue of Konch Magazine, which is published by Ishmael Reed and Tennessee Reed.

To read the interview, please go to https://www.ishmaelreedpub.com/.