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Prof. John Dittmer is Lillian Smith Book Award Winner

Prof. John Dittmer is Lillian Smith Book Award Winner

October 12, 1994

john dittmer office012.jpgOctober 12, 1994, Greencastle, Ind. — Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi by John Dittmer, professor of history at DePauw University, is one of three outstanding books announced today as winners of the 1994 Lillian Smith Book Awards. The oldest regional book awards, the prizes are given annually by the Southern Regional Council to encourage and honor thoughtful writing about the South. The awards will be presented on November 18 at a luncheon in Atlanta.

The awards ceremony will be part of the 1994 anniversary conference of the Southern Regional Council, celebrating 75 years of work to promote democratic values and institutional change within the region.

John Dittmer Local People.jpg"John Dittmer's book is a very powerful narrative of events in what was America's most belligerent state against black rights," says Jeff Norrell, who chaired the jury for the Lillian Smith Book Awards. "He tells the story in an elegant straightforward way that reveals the heroism of a number of black and white Mississippians."

The other two winners are John Gregory Brown for Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery and Henry Louis Gates for Colored People: A Memoir.

Learn more about John Dittmer and Local People in this previous story.