NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, Nonfiction

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This page lists the winners and nominees for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, Nonfiction. Maya Angelou and Michael Eric Dyson hold the record for most wins in this category, with two each.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold.


Year Book Author Ref
By Any Means Necessary: The Trials and Tribulations of the Making of 'Malcolm X' Spike Lee and Ralph Wiley [1]
When We Were Colored Clifton Taulbert [2]
With Ossie & Ruby: In This Life Together Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee [3]


Year Book Author Ref
Sally Hemmings, An American Scandal Tina Andrews [4]
Keeping the Faith Tavis Smiley [5]
A Song Flung Up to Heaven Maya Angelou
Bill Clinton and Black America DeWayne Wickham
Growing Up X Ilyasah Shabazz
Zora Neale Hurston: A Life in Letters Carla Kaplan
Why I Love Black Women Michael Eric Dyson [6]
Hallelujah! The Welcome Table Maya Angelou [7]
Is Bill Cosby Right? Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind? Michael Eric Dyson [8]
Blue Rage, Black Redemption: A Memoir Stanley Williams
The Autobiography of Medgar Evers: A Hero's Life and Legacy Revealed Through His Writings, Letters and Speeches Manning Marable and Myrlie Evers-Williams
50 Years After Brown: The State of Black Equality in America Anthony Asadullah Samad
Winning the Race: Beyond the Crisis in Black America John McWhorter
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream Barack Obama [9]
Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster Michael Eric Dyson
The Covenant with Black America Tavis Smiley
Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete William C. Rhoden
Not in My Family: AIDS in the African American Community Gil L. Robertson
Not on Our Watch Don Cheadle and John Prendergast [10]
An Unbroken Agony: Haiti, From Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President Randall Robinson
Brother, I'm Dying Edwidge Danticat
Know What I Mean?: Reflections on Hip-Hop Michael Eric Dyson
Race and Racism in the Chinas: Chinese Racial Attitudes Toward Africans and African-Americans M. Dujon Johnson
Letter to My Daughter Maya Angelou [11]


Year Book Author Ref
In Search of Our Roots Henry Louis Gates Jr. [12]
Freedom in My Heart: Voices From the United States National Slavery Museum Cynthia Carter
Our Choice Al Gore
Brain Surgeon: A Doctor's Inspiring Encounters With Mortality and Miracles Arnold Mann and Keith Black
Family Affair: What It Means to Be African American Today Gil L. Robertson
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Michelle Alexander [13]
Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority Tom Burrell
Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts of Women in SNCC Faith S. Holsaert
Surviving and Thriving 365 Days in Black Economic History Julianne Malveaux
The History of White People Nell Irvin Painter
The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in Its Place Hill Harper [14]
Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America Melissa Harris-Perry
Super Rich Russell Simmons
The Cosmopolitan Canopy Elijah Anderson
Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?: What It Means to Be Black Now Touré
The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court Jeffrey Toobin [15]
Fraternity Diane Brady
Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner That Shocked a Nation Deborah Davis
Power Concedes Nothing: One Woman's Quest for Social Justice in America, from the Courtroom to the Kill Zones Connie Rice
The Courage to Hope Shirley Sherrod
Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery Deborah Willis and Barbara Krauthamer [16]
Bartlett's Familiar Black Quotations: 5,000 Years of Literature, Lyrics, Poems, Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs from Voices Around the World Retha Powers
High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society Carl Hart
Letters to an Incarcerated Brother: Encouragement, Hope, and Healing for Inmates and Their Loved Ones Hill Harper
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Donald Yacovone
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Bryan Stevenson [17]
Bad Feminist Roxane Gay
Place Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America Sheryll Cashin
Who We Be: The Colorization of America Jeff Chang
Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga Pamela Newkirk [18]
50 Billion Dollar Boss: African American Women Sharing Stories of Success in Entrepreneurship and Leadership Kathey Porter and Andrea Hoffman
Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America Jill Leovy
Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America Wil Haygood
The Light of the World Elizabeth Alexander
Hidden Figures Margot Lee Shetterly [19]
Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul Eddie S. Glaude
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America Ibram X. Kendi
Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld

Multiple wins and nominations[edit]


2 wins



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