Hurston/Wright Foundation 13th Annual Legacy Award Winners

The Hurston/Wright Foundation has announced the winners for the 2014 Legacy Awards in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry at the 13th annual Legacy Award Ceremony.

The Legacy Awards have recognized literary and arts achievement in the black diaspora for almost a quarter century.

The award winners are listed below. We also recommend reviewing the list of all the 2014 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nominees. It is a stellar list of books and authors.


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We Need New Names

by NoViolet Bulawayo

A remarkable literary debut — shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize! The unflinching and powerful story of a young girl’s journey out of Zimbabwe and to America. NoViolet Bulawayo’s debut calls to mind the great storytellers of displacement and arrival who have come before her-from Junot Diaz to Zadie Smith to J.M. Coetzee-while she tells a vivid, raw story all her own.

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Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities

by Craig Steven Wilder

A 2006 report commissioned by Brown University revealed that institution’s complex and contested involvement in slavery—setting off a controversy that leapt from the ivory tower to make headlines across the country. But Brown’s troubling past was far from unique.

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Darktown Follies

by Amaud Jamaul Johnson

Amaud Jamaul Johnson’s daring and surprising new collection of poems responds to Black Vaudeville, specifically the personal and professional challenges African American variety performers faced in the early twentieth century.