Exciting news!!! Last night, at the National Book Award Ceremony in New York City, Jeffrey C. Stewart won the non-fiction prize for The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke.

At one point in the evening, the award’s MC Nick Offerman said, "In our inexorable pursuit of freedom and human rights, books serve us as weapons and also as shields…They are perhaps the greatest creation of humankind."

The National Book Foundation was founded in 1989 to administer the National Book Awards, which has been one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the country since 1950. For more information visit: https://www.nationalbook.org/books/the-new-negro-the-life-of-alain-locke.

The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke By Jeffrey C. Stewart

Winner, National Book Awards 2018 for Nonfiction



The definitive biography of Alain Locke--using previously unavailable primary sources and oral interviews with those who knew Locke personally

Modeled on Locke's key work and a cornerstone of the Harlem Renaissance, The New Negro: An Interpretation, which launched the idea of Black beauty

Advances the work of gay and gender ambiguous artists in the Harlem Renaissance and other artistic movements

Promotes Locke's revitalization of urban Black America, through local arts community centers in Black libraries, HBCUs, and neighborhoods around the nation.

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