Dear American Library Association Colleagues,
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee (CSK) is petitioning ALA Council to move to Round Table status. If approved, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Round Table (CSKBART) will launch in June 2022.
In 1982, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards became an official American Library Association award. Over the years, the CSK Awards have established a well-documented, 51-year history that recognizes African American authors and illustrators for their outstanding contributions to literature for children and young adults.
The annual awarding of the CSK Awards is to encourage the artistic expression of the Black experience through literature and the graphic arts, including biographical, social, historical, and social history treatments. Book award recipients receive this award because they promote an understanding and appreciation of the Black experience.
Created to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to honor his wife, Coretta Scott King, the Awards exemplify her courage and determination to continue his work for peace and world brotherhood. This mission and purpose will remain steadfast.
CSK is grateful to both the Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) and the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) for their leadership and support over the years. These benefactors have enabled CSK to grow and develop into the dynamic group it is today.
As CSK moves toward an exciting new future, we believe that it is time for the CSK Book Awards Committee to continue its forward trajectory by preparing for this new leadership role within the American Library Association. If you agree with our goal, here is your opportunity to assist with this endeavor.
To demonstrate your support, please use these links to:
(1) Sign the CSK Petition: https://www.ala.org/CFApps/epetition/index.cfm?pid=513B005EBA083C59 (Please note you must be an ALA Member to sign the e-petition)
(2) Submit CSK Letter of Support to - Monica Chapman, Project Coordinator, Coretta Scott King Book Awards and ODLOS Round Tables (email@example.com)
We will need one hundred signatures for the petition. Also, fifty support letters are required by January 15, 2022. Your assistance is appreciated!
Coretta Scott King Book Awards - Executive Board
Dr. Brenda Pruitt-Annisette, Chair (2020-2023)
Dr. Janice Newsum, Vice Chair/Chair Elect (2023-2025)
Dr. Claudette McLinn, Immediate Past Chair
Emma McNamara, Recording Secretary
Carmen Boston, Treasurer
Standing Committee Chairs:
Jason Driver, Coretta Scott King Book Awards Jury
Carolyn Garnes, Coretta Scott King Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement Jury
Gladys Smiley Bell, Membership Committee
Carmen Boston, Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast/Local Arrangements
Delandrus Seales, Publications
Dr. Janice Newsum, Program
Lauren Kratz, Technology
Barbara Clark, Archives and History
Dr. Pauletta Bracy, Nominating Committee
Bina Williams, Book Donation Grant
Dr. Leslie Campbell Hime, Marketing
Gladys Smiley Bell & Janice Newsum, 55th Anniversary (2024) Planning Committee
Kevin D. Strowder, Director, Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS)*
Monica Chapman, Program Coordinator, CSK Book Awards & ODLOS Round Table*
*Non-voting member of CSK Executive Board
Brenda Pruitt-Annisette, MLS, Ed.D.
Chair, Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committeeannisettes@gmail.com
(404) 202.8269 (cell)