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  • Nominations and awards

    Selected nominations and awards:


  • Chubb Fellowship Award – Yale University 1970
  • National Book Award for “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” 1970
  • Pulitzer Prize Nomination for “Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Diiie” 1972
  • Tony Award Nomination for performance in “Look Away” 1973
  • Emmy Award Nomination for “Roots” 1977
  • The North Carolina Award in Literature 1987
  • American Academy of Achievement's Golden Plate Award 1990
  • Essence Woman of the Year 1992
  • Horatio Alger Award 1992
  • Woman in Film Award 1992
  • Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album 1994
  • Spingarn Award NAACP 1994
  • President's Award, Collegiate of Language Association for Outstanding Achievements, Winston-Salem, NC 1996
  • Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Los Angeles & Martin Luther King, Jr., Legacy Association National Award 1996
  • Humanitarian Contribution Award, Boston, MA 1997
  • Alston/Jones International Civil & Human Rights Award 1998
  • Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature 1999
  • Presidential Medal of Arts 2000

















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