Linda Royster Beito, associate dean of arts and sciences at Stillman College in Alabama, will share first prize in the Alabama Writers’ Conclave 2017 Screenwriting Competition. She will share the ward with her husband, David Beito, a professor of history at the University of Alabama.
The couple authored the book Black Maverick: T.R. M. Howard’s Fight for Civil Rights and Economic Power (University of Illinois Press, 2009). In 2015, the Beitos began work on a screenplay based on their book. The proposed film deals with T.R.M. Howard’s involvement with the Emmett Till murder case. This screenplay won the award from the Alabama Writers’ Conference. The screenplay is being considered by producers at Council Tree Productions.
Linda Royster Beito joined the faculty at Stillman College in 1999. Earlier she taught at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Beito holds a master’s degree in criminal justice and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Alabama.