Author Gloria Naylor poses at her home in New York in 1992. (Tom Keller/Associated Press)

Cheerleading trumps writing literature, at least according to the Oct. 5 Metro section.

The opening page of the section referred to one obituary: “Director Suzanne Mitchell led the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders to global popularity.” It did not cite another obituary published that day, the one for influential author Gloria Naylor, “Her novels helped give black women a voice.” Naylor’s obituary said she was “at the fore of a wave of acclaimed black female writers that included Toni Morrison and Alice Walker.”

Naylor was also a National Book Award winner who taught writing in the District at George Washington University, as well as at other prestigious colleges.

Black lives and legacies matter far more than cheerleading. However, as Naylor once said, “For the Afro-American, regardless of where you climb on the ladder of success, there will be racism.”

Marsha Dubrow, Washington