Katheryn Lee Johnson Shares the Lillian Smith Book Award

johnsonKatheryn Lee Johnson, an adjunct professor of teacher education who supervises the student teacher program at the University of Rhode Island, is sharing the 2014 Lillian Smith Book Award with her co-author Bernard Lafayette Jr. for their book In Peace and Freedom: My Journey in Selma (University of Kentucky Press, 2013). The book chronicles Lafayette’s efforts as director of the Alabama Voter Registration Project when he was one of the primary organizers of the 1965 Selma voting rights movement and the Selma-to-Montgomery marches.

The award is sponsored by the University of Georgia Libraries in partnership with the Southern Regional Council and the Georgia Center for the Book. The award is given to books that are “outstanding creative achievements, worthy of recognition because of their literary merit, moral vision, and honest representation of the South, its people, problems, and promises.”

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