The Man Behind the Coretta Scott King Book Award Seal: Lev T. Mills

Lev Mills designed the Coretta Scott King Award Seal in 1974.

Lev Mills CSK Honor Seal

Lev Mills designed the Coretta Scott King Book Award seal in 1974. Mills, who donated his time and talent to the seal project only, requested that his name should always appear on the seal. He has received world acclaim as an artist. His work has appeared in group and one-man exhibitions in the USA, Great Britain, France, Holland, Sweden, and a seven-month exhibition and lecture-tour to East, West, and North Africa. He retired as a professor at Spelman College in Atlanta. His work can be found at the High Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia in Atlanta and in city municipal buildings, including the atrium of the Atlanta City Hall Annex and a MARTA train station.

You can learn more about the seal design here.


Dobbs, Chris. "Lev T. Mills (b. 1940)." New Georgia Encyclopedia. 02 October 2017. Web. 11 January 2019.

For more information on the artistic journey of Lev Mills, view “The Mills Story” video. Click on the link below:

  • Instructions to Access video
  • Click "Videos"
  • Click "Client Videos"
  • Click The image of Lev Mills for "The Mills Story"
  • Play the 13-minute video.

Compiled by Carolyn Garnes, Coretta Scott King Book Awards Marketing chair and past Coretta Scott King Book Awards Task Force chair 1993-1997

January 2019

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards Winner, Honor, and John Steptoe Award for New Talent seals are property of the American Library Association and cannot be used in any form or reproduced without permission of the ALA Office of Rights and Permissions.