USM hosts book exhibit honoring 50th anniversary of King Award

USM hosts book exhibit honoring 50th anniversary of King Award
Southern Miss is hosting an exhibit of books that have won the Coretta Scott King Award. (Source: WDAM)

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The University of Southern Mississippi is celebrating the 50th anniversary of a prestigious children’s book award by showcasing many of the award winners in a special exhibit.

The gallery of the De Grummond Children’s Literature Collection is hosting an exhibit of dozens of winners of the Coretta Scott King Award.

It is presented annually by the American Library Association and it is named in honor of the widow of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The exhibit features books, as well as manuscripts and original artwork.

“That award is unique in that it honors and awards an African-American artist, an African-American illustrator for all ages in children’s literature, picture books, middle-grade books, young adult novels,” said Ellen Ruffin, curator of the De Grummond Children’s Literature Collection.

The exhibit is scheduled to run all summer.

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