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US NAACP Image Awards 2023 winners announced.

The winners of the NAACP Image Awards 2023 were announced in a virtual ceremony on Tuesday, February 21, 2023. Here are those in the literary categories.

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. Some of the winners in the literary categories in 2021 were Walter Mosley, Elijah Cummings, Les Payne, Tamara Payne, Honorée Jeffers, and Jacqueline Woodson. Some 2022 winners were Kiese Laymon, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Crystal Wilkinson, and Cicely Tyson.

The finalists for 2023 in the different categories including fiction, nonfiction, poetry as well as work for children and youth/teens were revealed on Thursday, January 12.  The winners announced yesterday are;


  • Take My Hand, Dolen Perkins-Valdez (Penguin Random House)


  • Finding Me, Viola Davis (HarperCollins Publishers)

Debut Author

  • Illustrated Black History: Honoring the Iconic and the Unseen, George McCalman (HarperCollins)


  • Scenes from My Life, Raphael G. Warnock (Penguin Random House)


  • To the Realization of Perfect Helplessness, Robin Coste Lewis (Alfred A. Knopf)

Youth/ Teens

  • Cookies & Milk, Shawn Amos (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)


  • Stacey’s Remarkable Books, Stacey Abrams, Kitt Thomas (HarperCollins – Balzer + Bray)

By James Murua

This blog is run by James Murua a Nairobi, Kenya based lover of books.

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