Fredrick McKissack, born on August 12, 1939, was part of the well-known writing team of Patricia and Fredrick McKissack. They knew each other as children in Tennessee, both attended Tennessee State University in Nashville, married, and began collaborating in the early 1980s when they both reached turning points in unrelated careers.
They eventually co-wrote more than 100 books. Most of their titles were biographies and nonfiction books about the history of African Americans. Fred was the researcher and Pat did the writing, then they both worked together to refine the manuscript. Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I a Woman, Jesse Jackson: a Biography, and Frederick Douglas: the Black Lion are just a few of their titles.