MAAH Stone Book Award

MAAH Stone Book Award An annual $50,000 prize for a stellar non-fiction book focusing on African American history & culture

10/24/2023

... to all who attended the 2023 MAAH Stone Book Award Event on 10/19. You made our 1st in-person event in 4 years hugely successful. Could not have done it without you—literally. (And thanks to those who watched online. We could feel the love!) If you missed it or want to re-live the night, watch the livestream at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2-3DSmgCnw

Tonight is the night -- See you there! 5:30pm at the African Meeting House. 6:30pm (ET) live-streaming. There's still ti...
10/19/2023

Tonight is the night -- See you there! 5:30pm at the African Meeting House. 6:30pm (ET) live-streaming. There's still time to get here: bit.ly/maahstone23! It's gonna be...

It's tomorrow! Can't wait. You registered, right? (if not, it's not too late! bit.ly/maahstone23) Picked out your outfit...
10/18/2023

It's tomorrow! Can't wait. You registered, right? (if not, it's not too late! bit.ly/maahstone23) Picked out your outfit? Planning to get there early so you can get a free book? Got your questions ready for the winning authors? Okay. Perfect.

Yaaaaas! Our judges Dana A. Williams, Charles McKinney, and Jesse McCarthy will be at the award event on this Thursday, ...
10/16/2023

Yaaaaas! Our judges Dana A. Williams, Charles McKinney, and Jesse McCarthy will be at the award event on this Thursday, October 19th dropping some knowledge @ 6:30pm at the African Meeting House on Beacon Hill. Come, celebrate and be impressed. Register bit.ly/maahstone23.

Cause for REFLECTion guaranteed! Join us in-person at the 2023 MAAH Stone Book Award Event on October 19th. Register tod...
10/14/2023

Cause for REFLECTion guaranteed! Join us in-person at the 2023 MAAH Stone Book Award Event on October 19th. Register today at bit.ly/maahstone23! Reception at the African Meeting House @ 5:30pm. Awards presentation (also live-streamed) at 6:30pm (ET).

So much to CONTEMPLATE at the 2023 MAAH Stone Book Award Event on October 19th. Register today at bit.ly/maahstone23! In...
10/13/2023

So much to CONTEMPLATE at the 2023 MAAH Stone Book Award Event on October 19th. Register today at bit.ly/maahstone23! In-person reception at the African Meeting House @ 5:30pm. Awards presentation (also live-streamed) at 6:30pm (ET). Don't miss it!

What 'cha waiting for??? Register today and be there next week! bit.ly/maahstone23.
10/12/2023

What 'cha waiting for??? Register today and be there next week! bit.ly/maahstone23.

Register now bit.ly/maahstone23! You might think you know about the Grimkes but you don't. Learn something new from $10k...
10/11/2023

Register now bit.ly/maahstone23! You might think you know about the Grimkes but you don't. Learn something new from $10k finalist Kerri Greenidge, author of 'The Grimkes'! October 19th, reception @ 5:30pm/event @ 6:30pm(ET). In-person & live-streamed. Dig it!

Register now bit.ly/maahstone23 and come learn more about basketball history from our $10k finalist Claude Johnson, auth...
10/11/2023

Register now bit.ly/maahstone23 and come learn more about basketball history from our $10k finalist Claude Johnson, author of 'The Black Fives'! October 19th, reception @ 5:30pm/event @ 6:30pm(ET). In-person & live-streamed. Bounce!

Register now at bit.ly/maahstone23 to meet and hear from our $50k award winner, scholar & artist Thulani Davis for her w...
10/11/2023

Register now at bit.ly/maahstone23 to meet and hear from our $50k award winner, scholar & artist Thulani Davis for her winning book 'The Emancipation Circuit' on October 19th! Reception @ 5:30pm/Event @ 6:30pm(ET). In-person & live-streamed. Register and be in the number!

ENGAGE in a stimulating Q&A with our winning authors in-person at the 2023 MAAH Stone Book Award Event. Register today! ...
10/10/2023

ENGAGE in a stimulating Q&A with our winning authors in-person at the 2023 MAAH Stone Book Award Event. Register today! Reception at the African Meeting House @ 5:30pm. Awards presentation (also live-streamed) at 6:30pm (ET). bit.ly/maahstone23

LISTEN. The 2023 MAAH Stone Book Award Event will be IN-PERSON on October 19th at the African Meeting House, Boston, MA....
10/09/2023

LISTEN. The 2023 MAAH Stone Book Award Event will be IN-PERSON on October 19th at the African Meeting House, Boston, MA. Register today! Reception @ 5:30pm/Awards presentation (also live-streamed) at 6:30pm (ET). Be here! bit.ly/maahstone23

HONOR the scholars at the 2023 MAAH Stone Book Award Event on October 19th! Register today! In-person reception at the A...
10/08/2023

HONOR the scholars at the 2023 MAAH Stone Book Award Event on October 19th! Register today! In-person reception at the African Meeting House @ 5:30pm. Awards presentation (also live-streamed) at 6:30pm (ET). bit.ly/maahstone23

What will you LEARN at the 2023 MAAH Stone Book Award Event on October 19th? Register today to find out! In-person recep...
10/07/2023

What will you LEARN at the 2023 MAAH Stone Book Award Event on October 19th? Register today to find out! In-person reception at the African Meeting House @ 5:30pm; Awards presentation (also live-streamed) at 6:30pm (ET). bit.ly/maahstone23

CONNECT with your peeps again at the 2023 MAAH Stone Book Award Event IN-PERSON on October 19th. Register bit.ly/maahsto...
10/06/2023

CONNECT with your peeps again at the 2023 MAAH Stone Book Award Event IN-PERSON on October 19th. Register bit.ly/maahstone23 today. Tell your friends! Reception at the African Meeting House @ 5:30pm. Awards presentation (also live-streamed) at 6:30pm (ET).

Register today at bit.ly/maahstone23! Reception @ 5:30pm/Event @ 6:30pm (ET). In-person and live-streamed. Wine and nibb...
10/05/2023

Register today at bit.ly/maahstone23! Reception @ 5:30pm/Event @ 6:30pm (ET). In-person and live-streamed. Wine and nibbles. Free author-signed books. Thulani Davis, Kerri K. Greenidge, and Claude Johnson. Callie Crossley. Authors, scholars, historians, and book lovers. You.

Register today at bit.ly/maahstone23! This is one event you don't want to miss. Meet, greet, eat AND leave with more kno...
10/04/2023

Register today at bit.ly/maahstone23! This is one event you don't want to miss. Meet, greet, eat AND leave with more knowledge, our famous MAAH Stone cookies, and a free signed book. Show your love for three outstanding scholars in the field of African-American history and culture and their exceptional books: Thulani Davis for 'The Emancipation Circuit', Kerri K. Greenidge for 'The Grimkes', Claude Johnson for 'The Black Fives'. Learn more. Be here!

ELEVATE your thinking at the 2023 MAAH Stone Book Award Hybrid Event on October 19th. Register today at bit.ly/maahstone...
10/03/2023

ELEVATE your thinking at the 2023 MAAH Stone Book Award Hybrid Event on October 19th. Register today at bit.ly/maahstone23! In-person reception at the African Meeting House @ 5:30pm. Awards presentation in-person & live-streamed at 6:30pm (ET).

ENJOYment! Register today for the 2023 MAAH Stone Book Award Event - back IN-PERSON at the African Meeting House! Free s...
10/02/2023

ENJOYment! Register today for the 2023 MAAH Stone Book Award Event - back IN-PERSON at the African Meeting House! Free signed books to the first 100 through the door. Reception @ 5:30pm/Awards presentation live-streamed at 6:30pm (ET). Register at bit.ly/maahstone23

Big props to Kerri K. Greenidge and 'The Grimkes' on October 19th at the African Meeting House in Boston, MA! Reception ...
09/22/2023

Big props to Kerri K. Greenidge and 'The Grimkes' on October 19th at the African Meeting House in Boston, MA! Reception @ 5:30pm (ET)/Award presentation (also live-streamed) @ 6:30pm(ET). Register now! bit.ly/maahstone23

Celebrate Claude Johnson and 'The Black Fives' on October 19th - in-person or virtually. Reception @ 5:30pm(ET)/award pr...
09/21/2023

Celebrate Claude Johnson and 'The Black Fives' on October 19th - in-person or virtually. Reception @ 5:30pm(ET)/award presentation (also live-streamed) @ 6:30pm(ET) at the historic African Meeting House in Boston, MA. Register now! bit.ly/maahstone23

Join us on October 19th in-person or virtually to celebrate Thulani Davis, our 2023 MAAH Stone Book Award $50k winner! R...
09/20/2023

Join us on October 19th in-person or virtually to celebrate Thulani Davis, our 2023 MAAH Stone Book Award $50k winner! Reception @ 5:30pm(ET)/Presentation in-person and virtually @ 6:30pm(ET). Register now at bit.ly/maahstone23!

09/19/2023
09/19/2023

The 2023 MAAH Stone Book Award Event is now open for registration! Be with us in person @ 5:30pm(ET) for food & drink, mingling, & free books; be there in person or virtually @ 6:30pm(ET) for the awards presentation. Register now! bit.ly/maahstone23

Congratulations to Thulani Davis, Kerri K. Greenidge, and Claude Johnson -- the 2023 MAAH Stone Book Award Winner and Fi...
09/05/2023

Congratulations to Thulani Davis, Kerri K. Greenidge, and Claude Johnson -- the 2023 MAAH Stone Book Award Winner and Finalists! Bravo! Join us on October 19th @ 6:30pm at the African Meeting House, Boston, MA when we will celebrate these authors and their extraordinary works of scholarship! Registration opens 09/19.

Join us in-person (or via livestream) at the African Meeting House on Beacon Hill where we'll award the $50k winning pri...
08/22/2023

Join us in-person (or via livestream) at the African Meeting House on Beacon Hill where we'll award the $50k winning prize & 2 $10k finalist prizes! 1st 100 attendees receive a signed copy of 1 of the winning books. Food, Drink, Callie Crossley, Jurors, Authors, Scholars, You. Registration opens 09/19.

  14/14 "On a November night in 1871, some ten miles east of Aberdeen, Mississippi, Edward Crosby stepped outside to get...
08/21/2023

14/14 "On a November night in 1871, some ten miles east of Aberdeen, Mississippi, Edward Crosby stepped outside to get some water for his thirsty child, when suddenly, he heard and felt the thunder of a team of horses..."

  13/14 "Although the United States has the most advanced medical technology in the world -- and spends more on health c...
08/20/2023

13/14 "Although the United States has the most advanced medical technology in the world -- and spends more on health care than anywhere else -- we lag behind all other wealthy nations in key measures of health that serve as a proxy for our overall well-being."

  12/14 "The Napa Valley Wine Train succeeded only too well in re-creating an earlier era of American railroad travel......
08/19/2023

12/14 "The Napa Valley Wine Train succeeded only too well in re-creating an earlier era of American railroad travel..."

  11/14 "In Spring 1968, at the ripe age of twenty-six, the six-foot-eight African American power forward Cornelius 'Con...
08/18/2023

11/14 "In Spring 1968, at the ripe age of twenty-six, the six-foot-eight African American power forward Cornelius 'Connie' Hawkins took to the court for his first playoffs as a professional in the American Basketball Association (ABA)..."

  10/14 "The dominant narrative of Hurston's reemergence as a major literary figure often includes Hurston's 'discovery'...
08/17/2023

10/14 "The dominant narrative of Hurston's reemergence as a major literary figure often includes Hurston's 'discovery' by Alice Walker..."

  9/14 "Fast food has always been a fundamentally anti-Black enterprise."
08/16/2023

9/14 "Fast food has always been a fundamentally anti-Black enterprise."

  8/14 "On a narrow patch of grass and dirt in Tier 4 of the Villa Palmeras section at the back of Rosedale Cemetery in ...
08/15/2023

8/14 "On a narrow patch of grass and dirt in Tier 4 of the Villa Palmeras section at the back of Rosedale Cemetery in Linden, New Jersey, there is a flat chunk of rocky cement with '47' scrawled on it, as if written by hand using a crooked stick while the concrete was still wet...'

  7/14 "'Every Negro who lays claim to leadership should make a study of Bolshevism and explain its meaning to the color...
08/14/2023

7/14 "'Every Negro who lays claim to leadership should make a study of Bolshevism and explain its meaning to the colored masses.' Thus declared Claude McKay in the pages of the Negro World, organ of the Black Nationalist Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), founded and led by Marcus Garvey."

  6/14 "I began this book in search of alternatives to hope, alternatives I was seeking in a period of history, or at le...
08/13/2023

6/14 "I began this book in search of alternatives to hope, alternatives I was seeking in a period of history, or at least in my lifetime, when they seemed most needed..."

  5/14 "On a warm and breezy night in August 1834, a group of white men, nearly one hundred strong, gathered on Seventh ...
08/12/2023

5/14 "On a warm and breezy night in August 1834, a group of white men, nearly one hundred strong, gathered on Seventh Street, between Shippen and Fitzwater, in Philadelphia..."

  4/14 "Enslaved people were not meant to be moving around. Movement led not only to freedom but also to knowledge -- kn...
08/11/2023

4/14 "Enslaved people were not meant to be moving around. Movement led not only to freedom but also to knowledge -- knowledge developed in meetings and gatherings, and knowledge put toward organizing. Black movement was dangerous."

  3/14 "While much has been written about the feats of escaping slaves and the Underground Railroad that shuttled them t...
08/10/2023

3/14 "While much has been written about the feats of escaping slaves and the Underground Railroad that shuttled them to freedom, we know far less about how the paths they forged were picked up generations later by men and women running from southern sheriffs and courts."

  2/14 "From her grandmother, Zoharah learned America's political inheritance. Rhoda Bell Temple moved to Memphis a wido...
08/09/2023

2/14 "From her grandmother, Zoharah learned America's political inheritance. Rhoda Bell Temple moved to Memphis a widow. Born in 1898 in Earle, Arkansas, Rhoda was one of nine children of two sharecroppers. She was among the seven who survived into adulthood and grew up picking cotton."

  1/14 "It was the spring semester of 2009, and I was alone in my dorm room, looking over notes for my film class on Spi...
08/08/2023

1/14 "It was the spring semester of 2009, and I was alone in my dorm room, looking over notes for my film class on Spike Lee, trying to connect Malcolm X and Mo' Better Blues in a way that felt entirely original..." JoshusBennett

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The Museum of African American History (MAAH) Stone Book Award

The MAAH Stone Book Award encourages scholarship and writing within the field of African American history and culture by awarding a $25,000 prize to the author of an exceptional adult non-fiction book written in a literary style. Starting in 2019, prizes of $2,500 each will also be awarded to two Finalists.

The Award represents a partnership between the Museum of African American History -- Boston and Nantucket -- and the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Foundation. The first MAAH Stone Book Award was given to Dr. Tera W. Hunter for ‘Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century” on September 13, 2018 in the historic African Meeting House on Beacon Hill in Boston, MA. The Meeting House is the oldest surviving black church structure in the United States and a National Historic Landmark. It is one of the Museum’s four historic properties.


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This Friday, April 15th is the deadline for submissions to the 2022 MAAH Stone Book Award! https://www.maahstonebookaward.org/submit
Submissions for the MAAH Stone Book Award are officially OPEN! The deadline is April 15! See guidelines for submissions and how to submit here: https://www.maahstonebookaward.org/submit
TONIGHT: The MAAH Stone Book Award! Join us at our Virtual Award Event @ 6:30pm ET as we celebrate this year's award winner and finalists. Register: http://bit.ly/MAAHStone2021
Tomorrow! Join MAAH Stone Book Award and the Kennedy Institute for a celebration of Black literature and the Black experience in America. Hosted by Callie Crossley, the event will feature this year’s Book Award winner and $50,000 prize, Dr. Daphne Brooks, along with the jurors that made the selection.

There’s still time to register. See you virtually there for this exciting annual event!
The 2021 MAAH Stone Book Award event is on October 14th! Register today to honor our winner Daphne A. Brooks' “Liner Notes for the Revolution: The Intellectual Life of Black Feminist Sound” and our two finalists: Dan Royles' “To Make the Wounded Whole: The African American Struggle Against HIV/AIDS” and Walter Johnson's “The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States.”

Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ExqVE1h1S2-wFmRSCyZJTQ
Registration is now open for the MAAH Stone Book Award Event!

Join us, MAAH Stone Book Award and the wonderful Callie Crossley on October 14 for a celebration of Black storytelling and authorship. Hear from this year’s winner, finalists and judges on how these books spark dialogue about race and are a considered a must-read for anyone looking to understand the Black experience in America.

We hope to see you virtually there – more information and registration is below ⬇️
Congratulations to 2021 MAAH Stone Book Award Finalist Walter Johnson! 👏

Learn more about his book THE BROKEN HEART OF AMERICA, on sale now: http://ow.ly/IRQR50G6gck
Congratulations are in order for Dan Royles and his book "To Make the Wounded Whole: The African American Struggle against HIV/AIDS," Finalist for the 2021 MAAH Stone Book Award!
The MAAH Stone Book Award is an annual prize that encourages scholarship and writing within the field of African American history and culture. Chosen from 94 eligible submissions, the books on the shortlist were judged based on their scholarship and accessibility, with an eye toward identifying exceptional works that spark dialogue within and across social and racial groups. This year’s short list is a must-read for anyone looking to understand the Black experience in America, from the founding of this country through modern-day movements.

https://bookshop.org/lists/2021-museum-of-african-american-history-stone-book-award-shortlist
Save the Date for the 2021 MAAH Stone Book Award Virtual Event on October 14th @ 6:30pm! Details and registration info to follow. We’ll also be sending gift boxes and free copies of the winning books!

MAAH Stone Book Award
The MAAH Stone Book Award has received over 90 entries this year! Save the date for this year’s award ceremony on October 14, 2021 at 6:30pm. Check www.maahstonebookaward.com for updates.
Online submissions for the 2021 MAAH Stone Book Award have CLOSED. Physical copies of books must be received by April 23rd. Check out the MAAH Stone Book Award social media pages for updates!