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Anisfield-Wolf jury chair Henry Louise Gates Jr. has been busy the past few months, filming episodes of his new PBS series, "The African-Americans: Many Rivers to Cross." The six-part documentary will cover more than four centuries of African-American history, starting with the origins of slavery in African and moving to the present day. [caption id="attachment_4005" align="alignleft" width="335"] Gates (left) interviewed Gen. Colin Powell and other influential African-Americans for his new PBS series[/caption] Leading up to the series premiere, Gates has written a weekly column for TheRoot.com, "100 Amazing Facts About the Negro," in which he uncovers little-known tidbits about African-American history. "Over the past 500 years, our ancestors in this country have been as stubborn... Read More →
March 10th, 2013 was the 100th anniversary of the death of Harriet Tubman, a woman whose name is synonymous with bravery and freedom. Growing up, I attended a small public school in East Cleveland, where each of the students was required to learn the following poem by Eloise Greenfield: Harriet Tubman didn't take no stuff Wasn't scared of nothing neither Didn't come in this world to be no slave And wasn't going to stay one either "Farewell!" she sang to her friends one night She was mighty sad to leave 'em But she ran away that dark, hot night Ran looking for her freedom She ran to the woods and she ran through the woods With the slave catchers right behind her And she kept on going till she got to the North Where those mean men couldn't find her Nineteen... Read More →
[caption id="attachment_3747" align="aligncenter" width="426"] Source: Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery[/caption] We've long felt honored to have Henry Louis Gates, Jr., one of the nation's most preeminent African American scholars, as our jury chair. Having met him numerous times over the past few years, I'm always awed by his depth of knowledge and his ease in front of a crowd. All of this makes him a wonderful human being and all the more deserving of his latest honor. Henry Louis Gates Jr is the one of the latest Americans to have his portrait displayed at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. In a portrait commissioned by Harvard University, Gates is depicted with several influential works, those of W.E.B. DuBois, Wole Soyinka and Kwame Anthony Appiah. We are... Read More →
"There's no one writing in the English language today who more precisely and passionately articulates the exile's experience than Edwidge Danticat." And so begins Henry Louis Gates' introduction of our 2005 winner. In this 2012 video, Danticat discusses her work and exile, what it means to be an immigrant artist, and responsibility to one's home country. This event was co-presented by Cambridge Forum, Harvard Bookstore, and Harvard's W.E.B. Du Bois Institute. Read More →
We know we highlighted him a few weeks ago, but is something to be said for a man who is so passionate, so prolific, so generous with his time, that he dedicates a significant portion of his time working with us here at Anisfield-Wolf as our jury chair. As he puts it, "Chairing the jury for the Anisfield Wolf Book Awards is one of the signal pleasures of my life. The thought that a poet—a white, female poet—had the foresight to endow a price to honor excellence and diversity, at the height of the Great Depression, is something of a miracle, isn’t it?" Gates himself is a 1989 Anisfield-Wolf award winner, for his work, The Schomburg Library of Nineteenth-Century Black Women Writers. In the midst of churning out impressive tomes on African American history (or as he would put it... Read More →
Anisfield-Wolf jury chair Henry Louis Gates has a resume a mile long. And in between his work at Harvard, his successful PBS specials, among his other numerous obligations, he found time to finish "Life On These Shores: Looking At African-American History 1513-2008," an expansive look at the experience of blacks in America from the time of arrival of the free black conquistador Juan Garrido with Ponce de León in 1513 to the election of President Obama in 2008. Gates covers subjects as diverse as NBA great Bill Russell to Malcolm X to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The reason he's able to write such books on such expansive topics is quite simply, his love for knowledge. In this interview with the Boston Globe, he talks about his love of reading and what books he believes... Read More →
CLEVELAND, Ohio (April 12, 2011) – The Cleveland Foundation today announced the winners of the 76th Annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards www.Anisfield-Wolf.org They are: Nicole Krauss, Great House, Fiction Mary Helen Stefaniak, The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia, Fiction David Eltis/David Richardson, Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Nonfiction Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns, Nonfiction John Edgar Wideman, Lifetime Achievement “The 2011 Anisfield-Wolf winners are notable for the unique way each author addresses the complex issues of race and cultural diversity,” said Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research at Harvard University, who serves as jury... Read More →