US NAACP Image Awards 2021 literary winners announced.

The winning writers and poets in the literary categories of the US NAACP Image Awards 2021 were announced on Saturday, March 27, 2021.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is a civil rights organization in the United States aimed at advancing justice for African Americans founded by a group including W. E. B. Du Bois, Mary White Ovington, Moorfield Storey and Ida B. Wells in 1909. One of its most recognisable activities is its image awards where the highest achieving Black people are awarded in a variety of fields since 1967.

The finalists for the 2021 edition of the awards were announced on February 4 in a variety of categories. The winners in the literary categories are;

OUTSTANDING LITERARY WORK – FICTION

  • The Awkward Black Man, Walter Mosley, Grove Atlantic

OUTSTANDING LITERARY WORK – NON-FICTION

  • A Promised Land, Barack Obama, Crown

OUTSTANDING LITERARY WORK – DEBUT AUTHOR

  • We’re Better Than This, Elijah Cummings, Harper/HarperCollins Publishers

OUTSTANDING LITERARY WORK – BIOGRAPHY/ AUTOBIOGRAPHY

  • The Dead Are Arising, Les Payne, Tamara Payne W. W. Norton & Company

OUTSTANDING LITERARY WORK – POETRY

  • The Age of Phillis, Honorée Jeffers, Wesleyan University Press

OUTSTANDING LITERARY WORK – CHILDREN

  • She Was the First!: The Trailblazing Life of Shirley Chisholm, Katheryn Russell-Brown, Eric Velasquez Lee & Low Books

OUTSTANDING LITERARY WORK – YOUTH/TEENS

Before the Ever After, Jacqueline Woodson Penguin Random

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