Zora Neale Hurston Award

 

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The prestigious Zora Neale Hurston Award is the highest honor awarded annually by the National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc.  This distinguished award is given in honor of folklorist/author Zora Neale Hurston. The award recognizes an individual who has contributed to the preservation and perpetuation of African American folklore.

 

Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.” ~ Zora Neale Hurston

1985 Mary Carter Smith (MD)
Linda Goss (PA)
Paul Keens-Douglas (Trinidad)                                 

2002

 

 Tejumola Ologboni (WI)
Caroliese Frink Reed (PA)         

               
 
1986 Dr. William Faulkner (SC)
Dr. Hugh "Brother Blue" Morgan (MA)
Virginia Hamilton (OH) 

2004

 Dr. Daryl Cumber Dance (VA)  
 1987 Frank Smith (KY)

2005

Diane Ferlatte (CA)
Onawumi Jean Moss (MA) 


 
1988

Doug & Frankie Quimby (SC)
Curtis "Cousin Wash" Hunt (CA)

 2006

Clora Bryant (CA)
Jeannie & Jimmie Cheatham (CA)

 
 1989

Augusta Baker Alexander (SC)

2007

Linda Jenkins Brown (MD)
John O'Neale (LA)
Sonia Sanchez (PA) 

 
1990 Danny Barker (LA) 2008

Sharon Draper (OH)
Dr. John Fleming (OH)
Alice McGill (MD)
Diane Williams (MS) 

 
1991 Janie Hunter (SC)
Jackie Torrence (NC) 
2009

Charlotte Blake Alston (PA)
Stanley "Bunjo" Butler (MD)
Sharon Jordan Holley (NY) 

 

 
 1992  Oscar Brown, Jr (CA)
Dr. Ruthe Sheffey (MD)
 2010  Mitch "Gran' Daddy Junebug (NC)  
1993 Mahmoud El-Kati (WI) 2011

Fellisco Keeling (MD)

 

 
1994

Florence Brown-Hall (MI)

 

 2012

Karima Amin (NY)
Deborah Asante (IN)
Dr. Gladys Marie Fry (DC)
Dr. Joanne Martin (MD)
Dylan Pritchett (VA) 

 

 
1995 Catherine C. Blackwell, (MI)  2013

Barbara Eady (OH)
Vusi and Nothando Zulu (MN)

 
1996 Ella Jenkins (IL) 2014

Haki R. Madhubuti (IL)
Shanta Nurallah (IL)

Jan Spivey Gilchrist (IL)

 
1997 Leon Bibb (OH)  2015

Willa Brigham (NC)
Howard Dodson, PhD ( DC)     
Eloise Greenfield (DC)


 

1998

Ossie & Ruby Davis (NY)

  2016
Dr. Molefi Kete Asante (PA)
Dr. Charles L. Blockson (PA)
Dr. Rex Ellis (VA)

 

1999 

 

Eleanora E. Tate (NC)
Dr. John Hope Franklin (NC)

 

 2017

Patricia C. McKissack
Posthumously

 
2000 Dr. David Anderson (NY) 2018 

 Beverly Fields Burnette  (NC)
Mary Curtis   (NC)

 
  2001

 

 Baba Jamal Koram (VA)