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October 6, 2020

Edward M. Kennedy Institute To Recognize Winners of Scholarship and Writing Contest, Host Virtual 2020 Museum of African American History Stone Book Award Event

Selected recipients of this year’s MAAH Stone Book Award will be highlighted for their important literary accomplishments

BOSTON – On Thursday, October 15, at 6:30 p.m., the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate will partner with the Museum of African American History (MAAH) and the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Foundation for the annual MAAH Stone Book Award program that honors the finalists for notable literature on important topics within the field of African American history and culture. Now in its third year, the Award is an annual prize that encourages scholarship and writing in African American literature by awarding a $25,000 prize and two $5,000 finalist prizes for exceptional adult non-fiction books focusing on the subject.

The award event, which normally takes place in the historic African Meeting House on Beacon Hill, will be hosted by GBH’s Callie Crossley and will feature interviews with the Award winners as well as appearances by the dynamic panel of jurors. This year’s winner and finalists include Jelani M. Favors, Associate Professor of History at Clayton State University; Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University; and Tiffany Lethabo King. Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Georgia State University. For more information about the Award — including previous winners and the full list of this year’s 54 submissions — visit the Book Award website at

While the Institute’s facility remains closed for the time being, its commitment to civic engagement and civic education is as strong and vibrant as ever. This program marks the Institute’s thirteenth interactive online offering which will be available both as a live event and as a recorded resource afterward. Any member of the general public who would like to attend can register here.

• Distinguished recipients of the 2020 MAAH Stone Book Award
• Callie Crossley, host of GBH’s “Basic Black” show, moderator

2020 MAAH Stone Book Award – virtual event

Thursday, October 15, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. EST

This conversation will be conducted online through a Zoom video conference. Registration is recommended and available here.

The program’s livestream can be accessed here.
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