Award-winning author Tananarive Due will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation on Wednesday, Sept. 18, during the 17th Annual Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts in Washington, D.C.
Recognized by the CBCF and the Congressional Black Caucus Spouses, Due will also be joined by this year's honorees renowned photographer and artist Carrie Mae Weems and film director Antoine Fuqua. A fundraising event for scholarships in the performing and visual arts, the event will kickoff the 43rd Annual Legislative Conference.
Tananarive Due (pronounced tah-nah-nah-REEVE doo) is an NAACP Image Award winner and an American Book Award-winning author of nine books, ranging from supernatural thrillers to a mystery to a civil rights memoir.
Due has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and an master's in English literature from the University of Leeds, England, where she specialized in Nigerian literature as a Rotary Foundation Scholar.
Due taught creative writing in the MFA program at Antioch University Los Angeles, the Hurston-Wright Foundation's Writers' Week, the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop, and the summer Imagination conference at Cleveland State University. She is a former feature writer and columnist for The Miami Herald.