With the death of Patricia McKissack on Friday, the world lost the surviving partner of one of the most prolific duos in literature.
McKissack suffered a heart attack and was taken to an area hospital, where she was pronounced dead. She was 72.
Patricia McKissack and her husband, Fredrick McKissack embarked on their collaborative literary lives nearly 35 years ago, with the intention of being the change they wanted to see. The couple decided that little black boys and girls deserved positive images of themselves and a broad scope of their people’s rich history as they turned the pages of books.