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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


Lillian Smith Book Award Winners

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

2021 Winners

  • William A. Darity, Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen, From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-first Century, University of North Carolina Press
  • Lawrence Goldstone, On Account of Race: The Supreme Court, White Supremacy, and the Ravaging of American Voting Rights, Counterpoint Press

2020 Winners

  • Jelani M. Favors, Shelter in a Time of Storm: How Black Colleges Fostered Generations of Leadership and Activism, University of North Carolina Press
  • Brandon K. Winford, John Hervey Wheeler, Black Banking, and the Economic Struggle for Civil Rights, University Press of Kentucky

2019 Winners

  • Rachel Devlin, A Girl Stands at the Door: The Generation of Young Women Who Desegregated America's Schools, Hachette Book Group
  • Vanessa Siddle Walker, The Lost Education of Horace Tate: Uncovering the Hidden Heroes Who Fought for Justice in Schools, The New Press
  • Virginia Eubanks, Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor, St. Martin's Press

2018 Winners

  • James Forman Jr, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, Farrar, Strauss and Giroux
  • Nancy MacLean, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America, Viking/Penguin Books

2016-2017 Winners

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


  • Bell-Scott, Patricia, The Firebrand and the First Lady, Alfred A. Knopf
  • Goluboff, Risa, Vagrant Nation, Oxford University Press


  • Knott, Cheryl, Not Free, Not For All: Public Libraries in the Age of Jim Crow, University of Massachusetts Press
  • Morrison, Minion K. C., Aaron Henry of Mississippi: Inside Agitator, University of Arkansas Press

2007-2015 Winners

Presented by Southern Regional Council, University of Georgia Libraries, DeKalb County Public Library/Georgia Center for the Book


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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


  • Natasha Trethewey, Native Guard, Houghton Mifflin Co.
  • Matthew D. Lassiter, The Silent Majority: Suburban Politics In the Sunbelt South, Princeton University Press


2004-2006 Winners

Presented by the Southern Regional Council and the University of Georgia Libraries


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


1968-2002 Winners

Presented by Southern Regional Council


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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)


  • John M. Barry, The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America, Simon & Schuster
  • Charles Frazier, Cold Mountain , Atlantic Monthly Press


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • Wayne Flynt, Poor But Proud: Alabama's Poor Whites , University of Alabama Press
  • Dori Sanders, Clover: A Novel , Algonquin Books


  • Melany Nielson, Even Mississippi, University of Alabama Press
  • Madison Smartt Bell, Soldier's Joy , Ticknor & Fields
  • Gloria Naylor, Mama Day , Ticknor & Fields


  • Melton A. McLaurin, Separate Pasts: Growing Up White in the Segregated South , University of Georgia Press
  • C. Eric Lincoln, The Avenue: Clayton City , Morrow


  • 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


  • A.J. Mojtabai, Blessed Assurance: At Home with the Bomb in Amarillo , Texas , Houghton Mifflin


  • 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


  • 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


  • Fred Hobson, South-Watching: Selected Essays by Gerald W. Johnson, University of North Carolina>Press
  • Roy Hoffman, Almost Family , Dial Press


  • Harry S. Ashmore, Hearts and Minds: The Anatomy of Racism from Roosevelt to Reagan , McGraw-Hill
  • John Ehle, The Winter People , Harper & Row


  • John Gaventa, Power and Powerlessness: Quiescence and Rebellion in an Appalachian Valley , University of Illinois Press
  • Pat Conroy, The Lords of Discipline , Houghton Mifflin


  • Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, Revolt Against Chivalry: Jessie Daniel Ames and the Women's Campaign Against Lynching , Columbia University Press
  • Cormac McCarthy, Suttree , Random House


  • Marion Wright and Arnold Shankman, Human Rights Odyssey , Moore Publishing
  • Ernest J. Gaines, In My Father's House, Alfred A. Knopf


  • Will D. Campbell, Brother to a Dragonfly , The Seabury Press
  • Garrett Epps, The Shad Treatment: A Novel , Putnam


  • 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


  • James Loewen and Charles Sallis, Mississippi : Conflict and Change, Pantheon Books
  • Reynolds Price, The Surface of Earth, Atheneum


  • C. Vann Woodward, The Strange Career of Jim Crow , Oxford University Press
  • Albert Murray, Train Whistle Guitar, McGraw-Hill


  • Harold Martin, Ralph McGill, Reporter, Little Brown and Company
  • Alice Walker, Revolutionary Petunias and Other Poems , Harcourt Brace Jovanovich


  • Robert Coles , Children of Crisis, Vol. II: Migrants Sharecroppers, and Mountaineers , and Vol. III: The South Goes North, Little Brown and Company


  • Anthony Dunbar, Our Land, Too, Pantheon Books


  • Paul M. Gaston, The New South Creed: A Study in Southern Mythmaking , Alfred A. Knopf


  • Dan T. Carter, Scottsboro: A Tragedy of the American South, Louisiana State University Press


  • George B. Tindall, The Emergence of the New South : 1913-1945, Louisiana State University Press