Pulitzer Prize Board Co-Chair Recommends a Couple of Books

Keven Ann Willey says the tomes should be required reading for all Americans.

The second of four national events celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize is fast approaching. At the George W. Bush Presidential Center June 2-3, panelists will address the topic of “The Presidency and the Press.”

In advance of the celebration, the Dallas Morning News spoke with one of its own. This is the ninth and final year that vice president and editorial page editor Keven Ann Willey will serve as a Pulitzer Prize Board member. When asked by fellow Morning News editor Mike Wilson to name a couple of prize-winning works that have been particularly meaningful to her, Willey provided a powerful answer:

“Two books in particular have rocked my world. Slavery by Another Name: The Re-enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, by Douglas A. Blackmon, won in 2009 for nonfiction. Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys and the Dawn of a New America, by Gilbert King, was the 2013 winner in that category. They taught me more about my country and fellow Americans than all my high school and college courses combined. Both should be required reading. One of my fantasies is to get to cast the movies.”

Willey, who is chairing the board’s centennial committee, was also last month named co-chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board. Read the rest of her comments here.

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