ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gloria Respress-Churchwell received a MFA in Writing for Children and MA in Children’s Literature degree (Lee & Low scholar) from Simmons College. Her picture books include (Follow Chester!, Charlesbridge Publishing) debuts in 2019. It is a nonfiction story about Dr. Chester Pierce the first African American to play college football south of the Mason-Dixon line. Robert Churchwell: Writing News, Making History – A Savannah Green Story (Jabberwocky Books 2014); a historical fiction book based on the life of Robert Churchwell known as the Jackie Robinson of Journalism. Producing and directing a documentary about his life that won the Tennessee Tribune award at the Nashville Film Festival. The book and documentary are part of Churchwell’s permanent (displayed) collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Gloria is currently reviewing The Annotated African American Folktales, eds. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. & Maria Tatar.
Coming Fall 2019!
Exciting news! Gloria Respress-Churchwell will be releasing her first children's book, Follow Chester! with Charlesbridge Publishing, inspired by the extraordinary life of Dr. Chester Pierce.
National Museum of African American History and Culture Opens!
The National Museum of African American History and Culture opens in D.C. on the 24th of September 2016. Be on the lookout for a familiar face in the gift shop - you might just run into our friend Savannah Green. More info on the museum and Svanna's appearance can be found below!
Introducing Savannah Green!
Hey, look, it's Savannah Green! Gloria Churchwell's self-published book Robert Churchwell: Writing News Making History A Savannah Green Story is now available for purchase. After the sudden death of her father, Savannah and her mother must leave their family home in Chicago and move to Nashville, TN. Having trouble adjusting to her new home, Savannah finds inspiration and courage from the story of Robert Churchwell, a man who overcame adversity and turned it into opportunity.