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Shockley, Ann A.

(born: 1927) 

Shockley was born in Louisville, KY, the daughter of Bessie Lucas and Henry Allen, the first African American social workers in Louisville. Shockley was a librarian at Fisk University and made major contributions to library reference sources by authoring works such as Living Black American Authors and Afro-American Women Writers, 1746-1933. She was editor of the ALA Black Caucus Newsletter and author of a collection of short stories and two novels, one of which, Loving Her, was one of the first novels with an interracial lesbian couple. For more see Who's Who Among African Americans, 1975-2008; The Writers Directory, 3rd ed.-present; and Who's Who in Library and Information Services, ed. by J. M. Lee.


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Allen, Bessie Miller and Henry
NKAA Source: Living Black American authors: a biographical directory
NKAA Source: Afro-American women writers, 1746-1933: an anthology and critical guide
NKAA Source: Black caucus of ALA newsletter
NKAA Source: Loving her
NKAA Source: Who's who among African Americans
NKAA Source: The Writer's directory (annual)
NKAA Source: Who's who in library and information services

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