2017 National Book Award for Outstanding Work about the American Civil Rights Movement
The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change (Memphis, Tennessee)
Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change Call for Nominations for the 2017 National Book Award for Outstanding Work about the American Civil Rights Movement and Its Legacy Book Award Nominations Must Be Postmarked by December 31, 2017

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’ personal papers, which are housed in the Mississippi Valley Collection in the University’s McWherter Library.

Deadline: December 31, 2017

A panel of judges, representing various disciplines and higher education 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 2018-2019 academic year at the University of Memphis.

Eligibility: Books published in calendar year 2017 are eligible for the award. Only originally published non-fiction material will be considered.

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, 2017) to:

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 visit our website, or contact Rorie Trammel, Assistant Director of the Hooks Institute, at 901-678-4654 or via email at rtrammel@memphis.edu.

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