2019 ABWH Publication Prizes Call

The Association of Black Women Historians (ABWH) is pleased to announce the following awards: 

The 2019 Letitia Woods Brown Book Prize

The 2019 Letitia Woods Brown Article Prize 

The 2019 Drusilla Dunjee Houston Memorial Scholarship Award

The 2019 Lorraine A. Williams Leadership Award

The 2019 Rosalyn Terborg-Penn Junior Faculty Award 

Please see below for more Information on how to apply or nominate candidates and the respective deadlines for each award.  

2019 Letitia Woods Brown Book Prize for the best book or anthology in African American Women’s History

The Letitia Woods Brown prize is awarded annually by ABWH and the competition is open to all books and anthologies concerning African American women’s history published between June 1, 2018, and May 30, 2019, including those written by members and non-members of ABWH. Winners will be notified no later than August 15, 2019, and honored on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at the ABWH luncheon and awards ceremony during the 103rd Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) in Charleston, South Carolina.

To nominate a book or anthology, please email Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens at LWBBP2019@gmail.com (please write ABWH BOOK PRIZE COMMITTEE in the subject line) for addresses of the committee members to send copies of books or anthologies. To be considered for the award prize, each committee member must receive a copy of the nominated book by the June 15, 2019, deadline (no exceptions).

2019 Letitia Woods Brown Article Prize for the best article in African American women’s history

The LetitiaWoods Brown Article prize is awarded annually by ABWH. The competition is open to all articles concerning African American women’s history published between June 1, 2018, and May 30, 2019, including those written by members and non-members of ABWH. Winners will be notified no later than August 15, 2019, and honored on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at the ABWH luncheon and awards ceremony during the 103rd Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) in Charleston, South Carolina.

To nominate an article, please email a PDF copy of the complete article with letter of nomination to Dr. Michelle Scott at LWBAP2019@gmail.com (please write ABWH ARTICLE PRIZE COMMITTEE in the subject line). Articles must be submitted by June 15, 2019 (no exceptions). Winners will be notified no later than August 15, 2019, and honored on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at the ABWH luncheon and awards ceremony during the 103rd Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) in Charleston, South Carolina.

2019 Drusilla Dunjee Houston Memorial Scholarship AwardThis Drusilla Dunjee Houston Memorialscholarship award recognizes an emerging female scholar of African descent and fosters scholarly research in Africana Women’s history. The Dunjee Houston Award recognizes the best, unpublished original essay from either a graduate course or a chapter from a thesis or dissertation for the award year. 
The essay requirements are as follows: 

  • The essay must be wholly focused on some aspect of history on black women from the U.S. and/or Africana Diaspora.
  • The paper must involve interpretation of primary sources, focus on the ideas or actions initiated among black women, and make a significant contribution to Africana women’s history.

Applicant Requirements

  •  Applicants must be a black female graduate student currently pursuing a master of arts or doctorate degree in history or a related field
  •  Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA (Note: applicant must submit a transcript)
  •  Applicants must submit a History writing sample that demonstrates analysis and use of primary sources
  •  Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation from professors and academic advisors on letterhead (Note: One of the letters must come from an ABWH member. The letters may be submitted directly to Award committee.)
  • Applicants must submit a Curriculum Vita

Please submit your application to Dr. Marcia Chatelain at DDHMS2019@gmail.comThe deadline for receipt of all application materials (including letters of recommendation) is June 30, 2019. Winners will be notified no later than August 15, 2019, and honored on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at the ABWH luncheon and awards ceremony during the 103rd Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) in Charleston, South Carolina.

2019 Lorraine A. Williams Leadership Award
The Lorraine A. Williams Leadership Award is a distinction that honors a Black woman in education or related areas, such as archives, libraries, historical societies, museums, etc.
Nomination Requirements 

  • Nominees must be outstanding scholars, administrators, or teachers who have demonstrated mentoring skills, not only in teaching or related work but in providing networks that enhance the professional growth of other black women scholars and students.
  • Nominees must have demonstrated organizational leadership in groups, organizations, or institutions that impact black women.
  • Nominees need not be a member of ABWH.
  • All nominations must be accompanied by a letter (or letters) that documents each of the above criteria. A biography or CV of the nominee should be included.
  • An individual may not nominate herself.

All nominations must be submitted to Dr. Crystal Sanders at LorraineAWLA2019@gmail.comThe deadline for receipt of all application materials (including letters of recommendation) is June 30, 2019. Winners will be notified no later than August 15, 2019, and honored on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at the ABWH luncheon and awards ceremony during the 103rd Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) in Charleston, South Carolina.2019

Rosalyn Terborg-Penn Junior Faculty Award

The Rosalyn Terborg-Penn Junior Faculty award is open to Africana women scholars who are members in good standing of the ABWH and who have five to ten years teaching experience at the collegiate level. This is a professional merit-based recognition by peers in the field of history.
Nomination Requirements

  • A scholar is nominated by one of the following: current or former undergraduate/graduate students, recognized student organizations, current or former departmental chair, current or former college dean, current or former university administrator or current ABWH member. 
  • The nomination must be accompanied by two letters of support. One letter must come from a former or current student and the other can come from an individual who can attest to the scholars’ encouragement of student research. 
  • The nominated scholar must be an ABWH member in good financial standing and should have an identifiable history of promoting student research, and published a minimum of 3 works that can be any combination of monographs, journal articles, websites, book reviews and/or academic reports.
  •  Candidates with a minimum of 2 years of ASALH session panels where students presented their research or research they have worked on with the scholar are preferred.

Application Materials

  •  Two letters of support
  •  One from a student or student organization
  •  One from a colleague
  •  Maximum two-page Curriculum Vitae
  •  A one-page narrative from nominee discussing student-centered and directed research projects
  •  Description of student panel presentations or student/faculty panel presentations at ASALH

All nominations and materials must be submitted to Dr. Janice Sumler-Edmond at RTPJFA2019@gmail.com by June 30, 2019. Winners will be notified no later than August 15, 2019, and honored on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at the ABWH luncheon and awards ceremony during the 103rd Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) in Charleston, South Carolina.

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