jacksonThe news broke on Twitter yesterday that author Monica Jackson had passed away.  As reported by her daughter, she suffered complications from surgery in which her brain lost oxygen for a number of minutes.  Our deepest condolences to her daughter and her family.

Monica was a romance author and a tireless advocate for African-American authors.  She believed that romance is romance and that segregation in romance was no different from segregation anywhere.  She participated in a column examining racism in romance here at AAR a few years ago that expresses her beliefs better than I ever could.

She was the squeakiest of squeaky wheels, not letting go even when she made people uncomfortable.  Contrary to that old saying about the squeaky wheel always getting the grease, sometimes that just doesn’t happen.  But that squeaky wheel sure as hell gets noticed. And sometimes even listened to.

RIP, Monica.

– Sandy AAR

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