Banks was instrumental in the lives of many African American readers and aspiring authors. She wrote in several different genres, and under a variety of pen names. Banks was diagnose with late-stage adrenal cancer in June 2011, which left her family with immense medical bills.
Memorial services and donations to assist her family have been set.
Taken from WriteBlack.com,
The service will be next Saturday, Aug. 13, at 11 a.m. at Holy Apostles and The Mediator Episopal Church.
The address is 51st and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, 19139.
Before her death, Banks asked that donations be made to the UNCF in her memory instead of flowers.
Please remember that you may also make donations to a fund set up specifically for the benefit of her family.
L.A. Banks was a huge name in the Speculative Fiction community, and was steadily moving forward with her work. If you pray, please keep her family in your prayers, and if you are able to donate, please do so. She will be missed.