A note from Beacon Press director Helene Atwan:
This holiday was a sad one for the press: we lost two very powerful voices. Don Belton was a courageous advocate for gay men in the black community and a bold, even irreverent, writer. We were proud to publish his landmark anthology, Speak My Name, and had hoped to be able to offer his memoir; perhaps some drafts will be discovered among his papers.
Mary Daly was famous for rocking the patriarchal firmament. I had known of her before I was privileged to come to know and work with her, and she did not disappoint. I once made the terrible mistake of describing her work as "seminal" while introducing her at a lecture; I haven’t used the word since. She taught me a great deal about the insidious power of language, about helping an author make her point without daring to shape it in any way, about being a supporter without being a sycophant. Like anyone calling herself a feminist, I will miss her.
Don Belton: 1956-2009 by Reginald Harris at his blog, Noctuary