The posthumous award goes to the late George E Stanley, for whom without his literary efforts to combat racism, this Writers Against Racism series would never have started.
“I still think the best approach is the one you’ve started here, Amy, which is to bring to everyone’s attention writers of color who are writing about young people of color and whose books should be on the reading lists of the nation’s public schools. Good grief! We’ve seen some incredible books – fantastic literature featuring characters of all colors living lives that young people of all colors can identify with. And, Amy, as far as Anne Frank is concerned, you became her. She spoke to you through the pages of her diary and you listened. Today, young people of all colors really can be what they want to be, I do believe, Amy, but the secret is something you’ve really known all along: DO NOT PAY ANY ATTENTION WHATSOEVER TO PEOPLE ALONG THE WAY WHO KEEP TELLING YOU THAT YOU CAN’T BE WHAT YOU WANT TO BE!” -George Stanley
RIP, my friend.