Cheryl WallCheryl A. Wall (October 29, 1948 – April 4, 2020) was a literary critic and professor of English at Rutgers University. One of the first black women to head an English department at a major research university, she worked for diversity in the literary canon as well as in the classroom. She specialized in black women's writing, particularly the Harlem Renaissance and Zora Neale Hurston. She edited several volumes of Hurston's writings for the Library of America. She was also a section editor for ''The Norton Anthology of African American Literature'' and was on the editorial boards of ''American Literature'', ''African American Review'' and ''Signs''. An award-winning researcher and teacher, she was named the Board of Governors Zora Neale Hurston Professor in 2007.
Wall had a lifelong commitment to African-American arts and culture and was the founding board chair of the Crossroads Theater Company, the first Black Theater in New Jersey, founded by two Rutgers graduates, Ricardo Khan and Lee Richardson in 1978. Provided by Wikipedia