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For Immediate Release

August 30, 2013


Contact: Elizabeth Williams                                              

Phone: 301-459-2108                                                    

Email: info@hurstonwright.org  




Join the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation to honor outstanding Black published writers in the categories of fiction, nonfiction and poetry at the 12th Annual Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. The ceremony will be at the Carnegie Library at 801 K Street, NW (Mount Vernon Square), Washington, D.C. on Friday, October 25, 2013, at 7:00 p.m.


The 2013 Legacy Awards Ceremony will also honor the following writers:

North Star Recipient

Natasha Trethewey


Ella Baker Recipient

Isabel Wilkerson


Ella Baker Recipient

Wil Haygood


Wil Haygood, prize-winning biographer and author of the article that inspired the film THE BUTLER: A Witness to History

Natasha Trethewey, the U.S. Poet Laureate, professor and author of Thrall

Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Warmth of Other Suns


Noted presenters will include:


Sonia Sanchez, award winning poet, activist, scholar, teacher and Philadelphia's first Poet Laureate

Edward P. Jones, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Known World

James E. Clyburn, U.S. Representative of South Carolina

Lucy Anne Hurston, the niece of literary luminary and Harlem Renaissance writer Zora Neale Hurston, is the author of Speak, So You Can Speak Again: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston

Teri Ellen Cross Davis, the poetry coordinator at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C.

Dolen Perkins-Valdez, author of the New York Times Bestseller Wench: A Novel will serve as Mistress of Ceremony.


Individual tickets are $125. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Purchase your ticket(s) today! 



Click here for a printable announcement

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