Two African-American Scholars Nominated for National Book Critics Award in Biography

Annette Gordon-Reed, a professor of law at New York University and a professor of history at Rutgers University, and Paula J. Giddings, the Elizabeth A. Woodson 1922 Professor in Afro-American Studies at Smith College, are both finalists for the National Book Critics Award for biography.

Professor Gordon-Reed was nominated for her book, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family. The book traces the origins of the Hemings family of slaves from seventeenth-century Virginia to their sale after the death of Thomas Jefferson. The biography previously won the 2008 National Book Award.

Professor Giddings was nominated for her highly acclaimed biography Ida, a Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching.

The winner of the award will be announced in New York City on March 12.