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Book Award

Solicitation for 2013 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, 2013

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 2014-2015 academic year at the University of Memphis.

Eligibility: Books published in calendar year 2013 are eligible for the award.

Only originally published non-fictional material will be considered.  Both university and trade presses are strongly encouraged to apply.

Submissions: 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, 2013) 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 providesufficientcontact 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 Book Award Committee Chair, Wanda Rushing, Professor, University of Memphis, Department of Sociology, at 901-678-3349 or via email at wrushing@memphis.edu.


 Benjamin L. Hooks National Book Award Recipients

2012 The Black Revolution on Campus

Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

by Martha Biondi (University of California Press 2012)
Press Release

2011   Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

by Manning Marable (Viking 2011)
Press Release

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)
Press Release


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