Zora Neale Hurston Award

About the Zora Neale Hurston Award
The award is given to an individual RUSA member who has demonstrated leadership in promoting African American literature.

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2013 Winner(s)

Lavona Kay Broadnax

Digital project coordinator at the Library of Congress

Broadnax was selected for her wonderful bibliography project, “Selected Literature Published by the Civil War Soul Sisters.” The project showcases the writings of “…black women who lived during the U.S. Civil War, [during] a time when it was illegal for most African Americans to learn to read or write.”


Lavonda Broadnax

Digital project coordinator at the Library of Congress

Broadnax was selected for her bibliography project, Selected Literature Published by the Civil War Soul Sisters. Her submission is posted on the Library of Congress website as Selected Online Works by Civil War Era African American Women. The project showcases the writings of “Black women who lived during the U.S. Civil War, [at] a time when it was illegal for most African Americans to learn to read or write.”  It shows her passion and enthusiasm for this area of study which developed out of her effort to highlight these great works and enlighten others about these important pieces of literature.