The NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Nonfiction

The NAACP Image Awards honor outstanding works in the literature and entertainment fields.
Award Year Authors(s) Title
2009 Maya Angelou Letter to My Daughter In this straightforward yet prosaically beautiful work, award-winning author Maya Angelou provides heartfelt advice to the masses. While imploring her readers to work hard at living well, she offers real and applicable ways in which to make the world a better place while also cultivating fulfillment within yourself.
2008 Don Cheadle, John Prendergast Not On Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond Angered by the devastating violence that has engulfed Darfur and other war zones in Africa, famed actor Don Cheadle teamed up with leading human-rights activist John Prendergast to shine a spotlight on these atrocities. Here, they candidly reveal personal accounts of their experiences visiting Darfur and Northern Uganda, and highlight the stories of extraordinary people across our country who are saying that genocide and other mass atrocities should not be allowed to occur." "This book outlines six strategies that every one of us can adopt to help bring about change: Raise Awareness, Raise Funds, Write a Letter, Call for Divestment, Start an Organization, and Lobby the Government.
2007 Barack Obama The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream The junior senator from Illinois discusses how to transform U.S. politics, calling for a return to America's original ideals and revealing how they can address such issues as globalization and the function of religion in public life.
2006 Michael Eric Dyson Is Bill Cosby Right? "In May 2004 Cosby delivered a speech at the NAACP Awards in which he said he blamed what he termed the "knuckleheads" of the African American community for poor parenting, poor academic performance, sexual promiscuity and criminal behavior. The audience laughed and applauded. Here, Dyson (humanities, U. of Pennsylvania) comments on both the speech and the reaction, finding a growing cultural divide between the "Afristocracy" (the African American elite and professional classes) and the "Ghettocracy" (the African American poor, working class and incarcerated). He finds evidence of abandonment of the aims of the civil rights movement among the elite, and a growing perception that the poor have no one to blame but themselves, despite obvious, ongoing and vicious racial discrimination in America.
2005 Maya Angelou Hallelujah! The Welcome Table: A Lifetime of Memories With Recipes Maya Angelou remembers key moments in her life centering on the dinner table--and shares over 60 of her own recipes. Dishes include fried meat pies, biscuits, potato salad, smoked pork chops, Beef Wellington, chicken livers, Minnesota wild rice, pot roast, and wilted lettuce. Color photos throughout.
2004 Michael Eric Dyson Why I Love Black Women In an era marred by bigoted and baleful beliefs about black women--from hip-hop to the pulpit, from the streets to scholarly focus--Dyson offers a welcome reprieve from cultural madness. "Why I Love Black Women" explodes taboos while it celebrates the perseverance and the pride, the sensuality and the sophistication, of African-American women everywhere.
2003 Tavis Smiley Keeping the Faith An inspiring collection of personal narratives about love, loss, and faith by African Americans from all walks of life, and introduced by popular NPR talk show host Tavis Smiley.
2002 Tina Andrews Sally Hemmings, An American Scandal: The Struggle to Tell the Controversial True Story
2001 Julian Bond, Sondra Kathryn Wilson Lift Every Voice and Sing
2000 Iyanla Vanzant Yesterday, I Cried Vanzant, who has inspired millions with her bestselling books recalls the turning points in her own life and discusses the universal lessons they teach.
1999 Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee With Ossie & Ruby: In This Life Together Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee are legendary stars of the American stage, television, and film, cherished not merely for their gifts as actors but also for their lifelong commitment to human rights, family values, and the black community. Now, in a joint memoir that celebrates half a century of successful marriage, they look back on the extraordinary careers that earned each a Presidential Medal for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.