Lillian Smith Book Award
Jointly presented by the Southern Regional Council and the University of Georgia Libraries, the Lillian Smith Book Awards honor those authors who, through their outstanding writing about the American South, carry on Smith's legacy of elucidating the condition of racial and social inequity and proposing a vision of justice and human understanding.
Since 1968, the awards have been presented annually, except for 2003 when the Southern Regional Council experienced funding shortfalls. It is the South's oldest and best-known book award, and is presented in fiction and non-fiction categories.
 Past Honorees
 1968 Winner
 1969 Winner
- Dan T. Carter for Scottsboro: A Tragedy of the American South, Louisiana State University Press.
 1970 Winner
 1971 Winner
- Anthony Dunbar for Our Land, Too, Pantheon Books.
 1972 Winner
- Robert Coles for Children of Crisis, Vol. II: Migrants, Sharecroppers, Mountaineers, and Volume III: The South Goes North, Little, Brown and Company.
 1973 Winners
- Harold Martin for Ralph McGill, Reporter, Little Brown and Company.
 1974 Winners
 1976 Winners
- Reynolds Price for The Surface of Earth, Atheneum.
 1977 Winners
- Richard Kluger for Simple Justice: The History of Brown v. Board of Education and Black America's Struggle for Equality, Alfred A. Knopf.
 1978 Winners
 1979 Winners
- Marion Wright and Arnold Shankman for Human Rights Odyssey, Moore Publishing.
- Ernest J. Gaines for In My Father's House, Alfred A. Knopf.
 1980 Winners
- Jacquelyn Dowd Hall for Revolt Against Chivalry: Jessie Daniel Ames and the Women's Campaign Against Lynching, Columbia University Press.
 1981 Winners
- John Gaventa for Power and Powerlessness: Quiescence and Rebellion in an Appalachian Valley, University of Illinois Press.
 1982 Winners
 1983 Winners
- Fred Hobson for South-Watching: Selected Essays by Gerald W. Johnson, University of North Carolina Press.
- Roy Hoffman for Almost Family, Dial Press.
 1984 Winners
- Eudora Welty - Special Lifetime Award.
 1985 Winners
- Peter Taylor for The Old Forest and Other Stories, Dial Press.
 1986 Winner
- A.G. Mojtabai for Blessed Assurance: At Home with the Bomb in Amarillo, Texas, Houghton Mifflin.
 1987 Winners
- Thomas L. Johnson, and Phillip C. Dunn (ed.) for A True Likeness: The Black South of Richard Samuel Roberts, 1920–1936, Algonquin Books.
 1988 Winners
- Melton A. McLaurin for Separate Pasts: Growing Up White in the segregated South, University of Georgia Press.
- C. Eric Lincoln for The Avenue: Clayton City, Morrow.
 1989 Winners
- Madison Smartt Bell for Soldier's Joy, Ticknor & Fields.
- Gloria Naylor for Mama Day, Ticknor & Fields.
 1990 Winners
- Dori Sanders for Clover: A Novel, Algonquin Books.
 1991 Winners
- J.L. Chestnut, Jr., and Julia Cass for Black in Selma : The Uncommon Life of J.L. Chestnut, Jr.: Politics and Power in a Small American Town, Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
- Mary Ward Brown for Tongues of Flame, E.P. Dutton.
 1992 Winners
- Marian Wright Edelman for The Measure of Our Success: A Letter to My Children and Yours, Beacon Press.
 1993 Winners
- Charles W. Eagles for Outside Agitator: Jon Daniels and the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama, University of North Carolina Press.
- William Baldwin for The Hard To Catch Mercy, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.
- Margaret Rose Gladney for How Am I To Be Heard? Letters of Lillian Smith, University of North Carolina Press.
 1994 Winners
- John Gregory Brown for Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery, Houghton Mifflin Company.
- Henry Louis Gates, Jr. for Colored People, Alfred A. Knopf.
- John Dittmer for Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi, University of Illinois Press.
 1995 Winners
- Charles M. Payne for I've Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle, University of California Press.
- Adam Fairclough for Race & Democracy: The Civil Rights Struggle in Louisiana, 1915-1972, University of Georgia Press.
- Mary Lee Settle for Choices, Nan A. Talese/Doubleday.
 1996 Winners
- Michael D'Orso for Like Judgment Day: The Ruin and Redemption of a Town Called Rosewood, Grosset/Putnam.
- Constance W. Curry for Silver Rights, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.
- Anthony Grooms for Trouble No More, La Questa.
 1997 Winners
 1998 Winners
- John Lewis for Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement, with Michael D'Orso, Simon & Schuster.
- Elizabeth Cox for Night Talk, Graywolf Press.
 1999 Winners
- J. Morgan Kousser for "Colorblind Injustice: Minority Voting Rights and the Undoing of the Second Reconstruction", University of North Carolina Press.
- Leroy Davis for A Clashing of the Soul: John Hope and the Dilemma of African-American Leadership and Black Higher Education in the Early Twentieth Century, University of Georgia Press.
 2000 Winners
- Lawrence N. Powell for Troubled Memory: Anne Levy, The Holocaust, and David Duke's Louisiana, University of North Carolina Press.
- Andrew M. Manis for A Fire You Can't Put Out: The Civil Rights Life of Birmingham's Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth, University of Alabama Press.
- Michael Keith Honey for Black Workers Remember: An Oral History of Segregation, Unionism and the Freedom Struggle, University of California Press.
 2001 Winners
- Hal Crowther for Cathedrals of Kudzu: A Personal Landscape of the South, Louisiana State University Press.
- Pam Durban for So Far Back, Picador USA Robert P. “Bob” Moses, Charles E. Cobb, Jr., Radical Equations, Beacon Press.
- Natasha Trethewey for Domestic Work, Graywolf Press.
 2002 Winners
- Anthony Grooms for Bombingham, Free Press.
- Mark Newman for Getting Right with God: Southern Baptists and Desegregation, 1945-1995, University of Alabama Press
- Keith Wailoo for Dying in the City of the Blues: Sickle Cell Anemia and the Politics of Race and Health, University of North Carolina Press.
- William H. Chafe, Raymond Gavins, and Robert Korstad editors, with Paul Ortiz, Robert Parrish, Jennifer Ritterhouse, Keisha Roberts, Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South, The New Press.
 2004 Winners
- Barbara Ransby for Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement; A Radical Democratic Vision, University of North Carolina Press.
- Elizabeth R. Varon for Southern Lady, Yankee Spy: The True Story of Elizabeth Van Lew, A Union Agent in the Heart of the Confederacy, Oxford University Press.
 2005 Winners
- Stephanie M. H. Camp for Closer to Freedom: Enslaved Women and Everyday Resistance in the Plantation South, University of North Carolina Press.
- Frye Gaillard for Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement that Changed America, University of Alabama Press.
 2006 Winners
- Heather Andrea Williams for Self-Taught: African American Education in Slavery and Freedom, University of North Carolina Press.
- W. Fitzhugh Brundage for The Southern Past: A Clash of Race and Memory, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.
 2007 Winners
- Matthew D. Lassiter for The Silent Majority: Suburban Politics In the Sunbelt South Princeton University Press.
 2008 Winners
- Joseph Crespino for In Search of Another Country: Mississippi and the Conservative Counterrevolution Princeton University Press.
- Wesley C. Hogan for Many Minds, One Heart: SNCC's Dream for a New America University of North Carolina Press.
 2009 Winners
- Areila J. Gross for What Blood Won't Tell: A History of Race on Trial in America Harvard University Press.
- Bob Zellner with Constance W. Curry for The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement NewSouth Books, Inc.
 2010 Winners
- Amy Louise Wood, for Lynching and Spectacle: Witnessing Racial Violence in America, 1890-1940, University of North Carolina Press
- Charles W. Eagles, for The Price of Defiance: James Meredith and the Integration of Ole Miss, University of North Carolina Press