The Lillian Smith Book Awards are sponsored by the Southern Regional Council,
University of Georgia Libraries, DeKalb County Public Library/
Georgia Center
for the Book and Piedmont College

Her Life and Message

Lillian Smith Book
Award History

Lillian Smith Book
Award Winners

2015 Nominations

Southern Regional Council

SRC Southern Changes

DeKalb County Public Library/Georgia Center for the Book

Piedmont College

Lillian Smith Book Award
2015 Winners
Presented by Southern Regional Council,
University of Georgia Libraries, DeKalb County Public Library/Georgia Center for the Book and Piedmont College

2015 Formwalt, Lee W., Looking Back, Moving Forward: The Southwest Georgia Freedom Struggle, 1814-2014, Albany Civil Rights Institute and Georgia Humanities Council
Maraniss, Andrew, Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South, Vanderbilt University Press

Lillian Smith Book Award
2017-2014 Winners
Presented by Southern Regional Council,
University of Georgia Libraries, DeKalb County Public Library/Georgia Center for the Book


Lafayette, Bernard, Jr., In Peace and Freedom, My Journey in Selma, University Press of Kentucky
O'Brien, M.J., We Shall Not Be Moved: The Jackson Woolworth's Sit-In and the Movement It Inspired, University Press of Mississippi

2013 Jelks, Randal Maurice, Benjamin Elijah Mays, Schoolmaster of the Movement: a Biography, University of North Carolina Press
Hamlin, Francoise N., Crossroads at Clarkdale: The Black Freedom Struggle in the Mississippi Delta after World War II, University of North Carolina Press

Brown-Nagin, Tomiko, Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Right Movement, Oxford University Press
Inscoe, John C., Writing the South Through the Self: Explorations in Southern Autobiography, University of Georgia Press

2011 Lerner, Steve, Sacrifice Zones: The Front Lines of Toxic Chemical Exposure in the United States, The MIT Press
McGuire, Danielle L., At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance-A New History of the Civil Rights Movement From Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power, Alfred A. Knopf

Wood, Amy Louise, Lynching and Spectacle: Witnessing Racial Violence in America, 1890-1940, University of North Carolina Press
Eagles, Charles W., The Price of Defiance: James Meredith and the Integration of Ole Miss, University of North Carolina Press


Gross, Areila J., What Blood Won't Tell: A History of Race on Trial in America, Harvard University Press
Bob Zellner with Constance Curry,
The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement, NewSouth Books, Inc.
2008 Joseph Crespino, In Search of Another Country: Mississippi and the Conservative Counterrevolution, Princeton University Press
Wesley C. Hogan, Many Minds, One Heart: SNCC's Dream for a New America, University of North Carolina Press
2007 Natasha Trethewey, Native Guard, Houghton Mifflin Co.
Matthew D. Lassiter, The Silent Majority: Suburban Politics In the Sunbelt South, Princeton University Press

Lillian Smith Book Award
2004-2006 Winners

Presented by Southern Regional Council
and University of Georgia Libraries

2006 Heather Andrea Williams, Self-Taught: African American Education in Slavery and Freedom, University of North Carolina Press
W. Fitzhugh Brundage, The Southern Past: A Clash of Race and Memory, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
2005 Stepanie M. H. Camp, Closer to Freedom: Enslaved Women and Everyday Resistance in the Plantation South, University of North Carolina Press
Frye Gaillard, Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement that Changed America, University of Alabama Press
Tayari Jones, The Untelling: A Novel, Time Warner Book Group
2004 Barbara Ransby, Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision, University of North Carolina Press
Elizabeth R. Varon, Southern Lady, Yankee Spy: The True Story of Elizabeth Van Lew, A Union Agent in the Heart of the Confederacy, Oxford University Press
Frank X. Walker, Buffalo Dance, The Journey of York, The University Press of Kentucky

Lillian Smith Book Award
Winners 1968-2002
Presented by Southern Regional Council

2002 Anthony Grooms, Bombingham , Free Press
Mark Newman, Getting Right with God: Southern Baptists and Desegregation, 1945-1995 , University of Alabama Press
Keith Wailoo, Dying in the City of the Blues: Sickle Cell Anemia and the Politics of Race and Health, University of North Carolina Press
William H. Chafe, Raymond Gavins , and Robert Korstad editors, with Paul Ortiz, Robert Parrish, Jennifer Ritterhouse, Keisha Roberts, Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South, The New Press
2001 Hal Crowther, Cathedrals of Kudzu: A Personal Landscape of the South, Louisiana State University Press
Pam Durban,
So Far Back, Picador USA Robert P. “Bob” Moses, Charles E. Cobb, Jr., Radical Equations , Beacon Press
Natasha Trethewey, Domestic Work, Graywolf Press
2000 Lawrence N. Powell, Troubled Memory: Anne Levy, The Holocaust, and David Duke's Louisiana, University of North Carolina Press
Andrew M. Manis,
A Fire You Can't Put Out: The Civil Rights Life of Birmingham's Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth , University of Alabama Press
Michael Keith Honey, Black Workers Remember: An Oral History of Segregation, Unionism and the Freedom Struggle, University of California Press
1999 J. Morgan Kousser, Colorblind Injustice: Minority Voting Rights and the Undoing of the Second Reconstruction , University of North Carolina Press
Leroy Davis, A Clashing of the Soul: John Hope and the Dilemma of African-American Leadership and Black Higher Education in the Early Twentieth Century , University of Georgia Press
1998 John Lewis, Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement , with Michael D'Orso, Simon & Schuster
Elizabeth Cox, Night Talk , Graywolf Press, 1997 (Paperback Edition, St. Martin's Press, 1998)
1997 John M. Barry, The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America, Simon & Schuster
Charles Frazier, Cold Mountain , Atlantic Monthly Press
1996 Michael D'Orso, Like Judgment Day: The Ruin and Redemption of a Town Called Rosewood , Grosset/Putnam
Constance Curry, Silver Rights , Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Anthony Grooms, Trouble No More , La Questa
1995 Charles M. Payne, I've Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle, University of California Press
Adam Fairclough, Race & Democracy: The Civil Rights Struggle in Louisana, 1915-1972, University of Georgia Press
Mary Lee Settle, Choices, Nan A. Talese/Doubleday
1994 John Gregory Brown , Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery , Houghton Mifflin Company
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Colored People , Alfred A. Knopf
John Dittmer
, Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi , University of Illinois Press
1993 Charles W. Eagles, Outside Agitator: Jon Daniels and the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama , University of North Carolina Press
William Baldwin, The Hard To Catch Mercy , Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Margaret Rose Gladney, How Am I To Be Heard? Letters of Lillian Smith , University of North Carolina Press
1992 Marian Wright Edelman, The Measure of Our Success: A Letter to My Children and Yours , Beacon Press
Melissa Fay Greene
, Praying for Sheetrock , Addison-Wesley
Denise Giardina
, The Unquiet Earth , W.W. Norton & Company
1991 J.L. Chestnut, Jr., and Julia Cass, Black in Selma : The Uncommon Life of J.L. Chestnut, Jr., Politics and Power in a Small American Town , Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Mary Ward Brown, Tongues of Flame, E.P. Dutton
1990 Wayne Flynt, Poor But Proud: Alabama's Poor Whites , University of Alabama Press
Dori Sanders, Clover: A Novel , Algonquin Books
1989 Melany Nielson, Even Mississippi, University of Alabama Press
Madison Smartt Bell, Soldier's Joy , Ticknor & Fields
Gloria Naylor, Mama Day , Ticknor & Fields
1988 Melton A. McLaurin, Separate Pasts: Growing Up White in the Segregated South , University of Georgia Press
C. Eric Lincoln, The Avenue: Clayton City , Morrow
1987 Thomas L. Johnson, and Phillip C. Dunn (ed.), A True Likeness: The Black South of Richard Samuel Roberts, 1920-1936 , Algonquin Books
Pauli Murray, Song in a Weary Throat: An American Pilgrimage , Harper & Row
Mary Hood, And Venus is Blue: Stories , Ticknor & Fields
1986 A.J. Mojtabai, Blessed Assurance: At Home with the Bomb in Amarillo , Texas , Houghton Mifflin
1985 James Farmer, Lay Bare the Heart: An Autobiography of the Civil Rights Movement , Arbor House
Peter Taylor, The Old Forest and Other Stories , Dial Press
1984 John Egerton, Generations: An American Family , University of Kentucky Press
Alice Walker, In Search of Our Mother's Gardens: Womanist Prose , Harcourt Brace
Eudora Welty, Special Lifetime Award
1983 Fred Hobson, South-Watching : Selected Essays by Gerald W. Johnson, University of North Carolina Press
Roy Hoffman, Almost Family , Dial Press
1982 Harry S. Ashmore, Hearts and Minds: The Anatomy of Racism from Roosevelt to Reagan , McGraw-Hill
John Ehle, The Winter People , Harper & Row
1981 John Gaventa, Power and Powerlessness: Quiescence and Rebellion in an Appalachian Valley , University of Illinois Press
Pat Conroy, The Lords of Discipline , Houghton Mifflin
1980 Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, Revolt Against Chivalry: Jessie Daniel Ames and the Women's Campaign Against Lynching , Columbia University Press
Cormac McCarthy, Suttree , Random House
1979 Marion Wright and Arnold Shankman, Human Rights Odyssey , Moore Publishing
Ernest J. Gaines, In My Father's House, Alfred A. Knopf
1978 Will D. Campbell, Brother to a Dragonfly , The Seabury Press
Garrett Epps, The Shad Treatment: A Novel , Putnam
1977 Alex Haley, Roots , Doubleday
Richard Kluger, Simple Justice: The History of Brown v. Board of Education and Black America 's Struggle for Equality, Alfred A. Knopf
1976 James Loewen and Charles Sallis, Mississippi : Conflict and Change, Pantheon Books
Reynolds Price, The Surface of Earth, Atheneum
1974 C. Vann Woodward, The Strange Career of Jim Crow , Oxford University Press
Albert Murray, Train Whistle Guitar, McGraw-Hill
1973 Harold Martin, Ralph McGill, Reporter, Little Brown and Company
Alice Walker, Revolutionary Petunias and Other Poems , Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
1972 Robert Coles , Children of Crisis, Vol. II: Migrants Sharecroppers, and Mountaineers , and V ol. III: The South Goes North, Little Brown and Company
1971 Anthony Dunbar, Our Land, Too, Pantheon Books
1970 Paul M. Gaston, The New South Creed: A Study in Southern Mythmaking , Alfred A. Knopf
1969 Dan T. Carter, Scottsboro: A Tragedy of the American South, Louisiana State University Press
1968 George B. Tindall, The Emergence of the New South : 1913-1945, Louisiana State University Press

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