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Prof Simon Balto Named as Book Award Finalist

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The Hooks Institute’s National Book Award is presented annually to a non-fiction book that best furthers understanding of the American Civil Rights Movement and its legacy.

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis has selected the following finalists for the 2019 Hooks National Book Award:

  • Biased: Uncovering The Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think and Do by Dr. Jennifer L. Eberhardt
  • The Fire is Upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley, Jr. and the Debate over Race in America by Dr. Nicholas Buccola
  • Hattiesburg: An American City in Black and White by Dr. William Sturkey
  • Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to Black Power by Dr. Simon Balto
  • Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership by Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

The award winner will be chosen this summer by a panel of judges representing various disciplines and academic institutions in Memphis. 

“There were 30 nominees for the 2019 Hooks National Book Award,” said Aram Goudsouzian, UofM professor of history and Hooks Institute National Book Award chair. “It was an exceptionally deep pool of quality books this year, including many books from some of the top university presses in the United States, as well as from prominent trade publishing houses. They were based in many different genres, including history, social science, memoir, biography, political science, African American studies, religious studies and literary analysis. Reflecting the breadth of the impact of the civil rights movement, they covered a huge range of subjects from policing to intellectual history, sports to politics, activism to faith. Though it was exceptionally difficult to choose five finalists, these books distinguished themselves for their scholarly rigor, intellectual impact and wide accessibility.”