Teaching for Change Partners with Hurston/Wright Foundation for Legacy Literacy Awards

For the 12th year, the Hurston/Wright Foundation will host its premiere award ceremony that recognizes the creativity, diversity and excellence of writers of African descent on Friday, October 25, 2013. Teaching for Change is pleased to promote this special event and the award-winning books and authors.

The 12th Annual Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards, named for American literary giants, Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright honors today’s writers with awards for their careers as authors, journalists, educators, and arts and humanities leaders. The Legacy Awards are presented by the Hurston/Wright Foundation, which has nurtured and recognized literary and arts achievement in the black diaspora for almost a quarter century. The Legacy Awards are the first award from the community of black writers to published writers of African descent. The Hurston/Wright Foundation awards prizes for the highest quality fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

“As the Foundation approaches its 25th Anniversary, I am enormously pleased this year’s Legacy Awards will be a star studded event. We are gratified to posthumously honor two giants of black literature Chinua Achebe and Lucille Clifton, on whose shoulders we proudly stand today,” said Marita Golden, award winning writer and co-founder of Hurston/Wright.

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This year, honorees include Wil Haygood, prize winning biographer and author of the article that inspired the film Lee Daniel’sThe Butler: A Witness to HistoryNatasha Tretheway, the U.S. Poet Laureate, professor and author of Thrall and Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize winner of The Warmth of Other Suns.

Noted presenters at this year’s Legacy Awards include: Sonia Sanchez, award winning poet, activist and scholar; Edward P. Jones, Pulitzer winning author of The Known World; Assistant Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, James E. ClyburnLucy AnneHurston, author and niece of literary luminary Zora Neale Hurston; Teri Ellen Cross Davis, poetry coordinator at Folger Shakespeare Library and Dolen Perkins-Valdez, the author of the New York Times bestseller, Wench: A Novel will serve as Mistress of Ceremony.

The Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards raises funds for the Foundation’s programs which discover, educate, develop and mentor African American writers and recognize and honor their accomplishments. It brings together artistic, literary, corporate, philanthropic, social and political leaders in support of literary excellence.

Tickets for the 12th Annual Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards can be purchased online at www.hurstonwright.org.