Born and educated in the United States, A. Doris Banks Henries spent most of her adult life in the West African Republic of Liberia. One of that country’s most prolific authors, Henries wrote histories, biographies, essays, and poetry, and produced 27 books on Liberian education. She pioneered the collecting of Liberian poetry and folklore. Henries served as an educator in Liberia until the coup in April of 1980 that overthrew the government and cost her husband his life. Henries’ work emphasized the role of education in promoting African cultural identity for black people around the world.