Benjamin Hooks Book Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work on the American Civil Rights
Movement and its Legacy
Solicitation for 2012 Book Nominations
Benjamin Hooks National Book Award for
Outstanding Scholarly Work on the American Civil Rights Movement and its Legacy
The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis (Memphis,
TN) is soliciting nominations for its annual National Book Award. In 1996, University
of Memphis officials received approval from the Tennessee Board of Regents to create
the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change. The Institute is dedicated to Teaching, Studying, and Promoting Civil Rights and Social Change. Hooks Institute archives include Dr. Hooks’s personal papers, which are housed
in the Mississippi Valley Collection in the University’s McWherter Library.
Deadline: December 31, 2012
A panel of judges representing various disciplines and academic institutions in Memphis
awards the annual prize for the book that best furthers understanding of the American
Civil Rights Movement and its legacy. An award of $1,000 will be made to the author(s).
The recipient(s) of the award will receive an invitation to deliver an address in
the Hooks Institute Lecture Series during the 2013-2014 academic year at the University
Eligibility: Books published in calendar year 2012 are eligible for the awards.
Only originally published non-fictional material will be considered.
Submissions:Please provide full contact information for the authors(s) and nominator(s), to include
an email address, mailing address, and telephone number, and submit one copy of the
nominated book (postmarked by December 31, 2012) to The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change, Attn: Benjamin L. Hooks Book Award
Nomination, 107 Scates Hall, The University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, 38152-3530.
Note, the Hooks Institute reserves the right to exclude from consideration for its
Award any nominated book where the submitter fails to provide the contact information
for the nominator and author.
Finalists will be asked to submit additional copies to a panel of judges representing
various disciplines and academic institutions in Memphis.
For questions or comments: Please contact Book Award Committee Chair, Aram Goudsouzian, Professor, University
of Memphis, Department of History, at 901-678-2520 or via email at email@example.com
2010-2011 Benjamin L. Hooks National Book Award Recipients
2010 Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC
||Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC by Faith S. Holsaert, Martha Prescod, Norman Noonan,Judy Richardson, Betty Garman
Robinson, Jean Smith Young, and Dorothy M. Zellner (University of Illinois Press, 2010)
2011 Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention (Viking 2011)
The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis is
proud to announce the winner of this year’s National Book Award: Manning Marable’s
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention (Viking 2011).
Some of the nation’s leading university and commercial presses nominated twenty-five
books for the Hooks Institute National Book Award. All nominated books were originally
published in 2011. The Book Award Committee, consisting of six professors from various
departments and institutions in Memphis, selected five finalists, including Serena
Mayeri, Reasoning From Race: Feminism, Law, and the Civil Rights Revolution (Harvard); Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement (Oxford); Lawrence P. Jackson, The Indignant Generation: A Narrative History of African American Writers and Critics,
1934-1960 (Princeton); and David Margolick, Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock (Yale).
The Committee chose Malcolm X (Viking) as the winner. It is a model for historical biography. Over the course of
his life, the man born Malcolm Little donned “multiple masks.” He was a “hustler,”
a prisoner, a preacher, a celebrity, a villain, and a hero. He earned his place in
history as a scathing critic of American race relations, a counterpoint to the nonviolent
civil rights movement, and a voice of black nationalism that stretched throughout
the world. Marable deftly charted Malcolm X’s political evolution, while also revealing
extraordinary details about his personal life. Marable’s Malcolm X was also awarded the Pulitzer Prize in April 2012.
Tragically, Marable, a longtime professor at Columbia University, died just before
the publication of his masterwork. At a date to be announced later, a representative
from Viking Press, the publisher of Malcolm X, will speak on Marable’s biography of Malcolm X at the University of Memphis as part
of the Hooks Institute lecture series.