Sturkey will deliver a live-streamed lecture and talk with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David W. Blight on May 20, 2020, 5 PM PDT

Black & Magazine Newswire

Zócalo Public Square recently announced the winners of its 10th  annual book prize and ninth annual poetry prize.

Historian William Sturkey is honored with theZócalo Public Square Book Prize for his acclaimed nonfiction title Hattiesburg: An American City in Black and White (Harvard University Press, 2019). To commemorate the award, on May 20, Sturkey will give a lecture and discuss how oppressed people create community with noted Yale University historian David W. Blight, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (Simon & Schuster, 2018).

Moira Shourie, Executive Director of Zócalo Public Square, said, “Each year since 2011, we have honored the author of the best nonfiction book recently published in the U.S. that enhances our understanding of community and the forces that impact human connectedness and social cohesion. In this unprecedented moment of social distancing, these themes take on an even greater sense of urgency.”

A rich, multigenerational saga of race and family in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Hattiesburg tells the story of how Jim Crow was built, how it changed, and how the most powerful social movement in American history came together to tear it down. While the prize judges considered Hattiesburg long before COVID-19 was threatening the global economy and the livelihoods of many of society’s most vulnerable members, many were struck by how skillfully the author melds cultural and economic history.

A newly published Q&A with Sturkey, who is Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, can be found at Zócalo’s website. Previous winners of the prize can be found here.