Emory professors nominated for NAACP Image Awards

Emory Report | Feb. 14, 2019

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Emory professors Carol Anderson (left) and Tayari Jones are nominated for NAACP Image Awards for books they authored. Winners will be announced March 30.

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The honors keep coming for Emory College of Arts and Sciences professors Carol Anderson and Tayari Jones, most recently as nominees for the 50th annual NAACP Image Awards for books they authored.

Anderson, a historian who serves as Charles Howard Candler Professor and chair of African American Studies, is one of five nominees in the category of “Outstanding Literary Work — Youth/Teens” for We Are Not Yet Equal,” the Young Adult adaptation of her book “White Rage,” which won the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. The book examines policy responses to political and economic advancement by African Americans.

Jones, a professor of English and creative writing at Emory, is among the five nominees in the category of “Outstanding Literary Work — Fiction” for her novel “An American Marriage.” A New York Times bestseller and 2018 pick for Oprah’s Book Club, the novel tells the story of newlyweds whose pursuit of the American dream is violently interrupted when one of them is incarcerated for a crime he did not commit.

The NAACP Image Awards celebrate the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, as well as people or groups who promote social justice or creative endeavors. Anderson and Jones join fellow nominees who range from Michelle Obama to LeBron James for the 50th anniversary of the iconic awards.

The awards show will be held March 30 and broadcast live on TVOne.