Furman graduate Tomiko Brown-Nagin has been awarded the 2012 Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation Nonfiction Prize for her recent book, Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement.
The foundation awards prizes each year for fiction, nonfiction and poetry.
Brown-Nagin, who graduated from Furman in 1992 with a degree in history, is a member of the Harvard Law School faculty and also teaches history in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Courage to Dissent has also received the 2012 Bancroft Prize from Columbia University and the 2012 Liberty Legacy Foundation Award from the Organization of American Historians.
The Hurston/Wright Foundation, based in Washington, was created in 1990. Its mission is to discover and encourage writers of African descent and to ensure the survival of literature by black writers.
A leading expert on legal history, constitutional law and civil rights, Brown-Nagin holds a doctorate in history from Duke University and a law degree from Yale Law School.