Two Scholars on Reparations Share an American Book Festival Prize

William A. Darity Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen have won the 2021 American Book Festival Best Book Award in the Social Change category for their book From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century (Univerity of North Carolina Press, 2020). Previously, the book was honored with the 2021 Lillian Smith Book Award, the 2021 Association for the Study of African American Life and History Book Prize, and the 2020 Ragan Old North State Award for Nonfiction from the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association.

The authors present a stark assessment of the intergenerational effects of White supremacy on Black economic well-being. Using innovative methods that link monetary values to historical wrongs, they next assess the literal and figurative costs of justice denied since the end of the Civil War.

Dr. Darity is the Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Mullen is a writer, folklorist, museum consultant, and lecturer whose work focuses on race, art, history, and politics.


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  1. I find absolutely amazing is that we have these so-called degree holding Blacks who pontificate about Reparations (i.e., William Darity) for native born Black Americans all the while residing in their white majority cul-de-sac.

    For those who dissent, I challenge William Darity to tell everyone what side of Durham, NC he resides to prove me wrong. Dairty has the Chutzpah to have this neoliberal book published via UNC Press and not a native born Black owned publishing company.

    Dairty can talk about Reparations all day long but have not taught any classes at NCCU, NC A&T, Bennett College, or Shaw University. Talk about hypocrisy.

    • Hey “Mr/Mrs. Hampton”,

      I would expect for someone with a neoliberal ideological lens to say “It was the best book I read last year”. That said, you need to significantly expand your reading selection. Comprende!

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