Hooks Institute's National Book Award
2016 HOOKS Institute NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER!
We Are an African People: Independent Education, Black Power, and the Radical Imagination, by Russell Rickford.
In the midst of the more well-studied educational changes of the school desegregation era, a handful of "Pan African nationalist" independent black schools emerged as an alternative mechanism for African American uplift. We Are An African People examines the ideas and motivations behind these autonomous black institutions and places them within a broader discussion about how best to achieve liberation for the next generation of African Americans. Rickford's work at once expands upon the understanding of a very specific topic within the quest for the intellectual liberation of African Americans and grapples with very broad questions about education, freedom, and the diversity of viewpoints during the civil rights era.
"By focusing on schools, Rickford raises questions that continue to have relevance today, given the persistent racial disparities in American education," said Daniel Kiel, chairperson of the book award committee. "The story of these schools reveals so much about the range of ideas and hopes within the African American community, and Rickford shares the story in a compelling way that is grounded in thorough research and terrific writing."
The 2016 National Book Award presentation, including a lecture by the winning author, Russell Rickford, will be held on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 12 pm in the University Center River Room (Room 300) at the University of Memphis.
Information on this and other Hooks Institute events can be found memphis.edu/benhooks/events/index.php
about the hooks national book award
The Hooks Institute's National Book Award Honors Outstanding Work on the American Civil Rights Movement and Its Legacy. Each calendar year, the Hooks Institute's National Book Award is given to the book that best furthers understanding of the American Civil Rights Movement and its legacy.
SOLICITATION FOR NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2017 HOOKS INSTITUTE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD
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 Hooks's personal papers, which are housed in the Mississippi Valley Collection in the University's McWherter Library.
About the AWARD
- A panel of judges representing various disciplines and academic institutions in Memphis awards the annual prize to 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 at the University of Memphis as part of the Hooks Institute Lecture Series during the 2017-2018 academic year.
- Books published in the 2017 calendar year are eligible for the award.
- Only originally published non-fictional material will be considered.
- December 31, 2017
Please provide full contact information for the author(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, 2016) 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 the award any nominated book where the submitter fails to provide sufficient contact information.
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 Rorie Trammel, Assistant Director of the Hooks Institute, at 901-678-3974 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BENJAMIN L. HOOKS NATIONAL BOOK AWARD RECIPIENTS
2015: Eye On the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press
By James McGrath Morris
Morris' biography excavates the story of Ethel Payne, a journalist whose work for the Chicago Defender during her multi-decade career provided a lens to thousands of African-American readers into the action of the civil rights movement and beyond. Covering the school desegregation crisis in Little Rock, interviewing black troops in Vietnam or quizzing multiple presidents during her years at the White House, Payne's career demonstrated the role journalists could play both in helping to build a movement by informing the public and in furthering that movement by putting pointed questions to those in power.
2014: Stokely: A Life
By Peniel E. Joseph (Basic Civitas Books, 2014)
2013 How it Feels to be Free: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement
by Ruth Feldstein (Oxford University Press 2013)
2013 On the Corner: African American Intellectuals and the Urban Crisis
by Daniel Matlin (Harvard University Press 2013)
2012 The Black Revolution on Campus
by Martha Biondi (University of California Press 2012)
2011 Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention
by Manning Marable (Viking 2011)
2010 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)