Barack Obama’s A Promised Land has won the 2021 NACCP Literature and Art Prize.
Barack Obama’s nonfiction literary work, titled A Promised Land, has won the 2021 NAACP literary prize.
Adichie Reviews Barack Obama’s A Promised Land.
A promised Land by Barack Obama was published in 2020, it was first reviewed by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in the New York Times book review in early 2021. Adichie’s review was nicely done, it is among the factors that have added to the popularity, cultural gravitas and globalized popularity of Barack Obama’s A Promised Land.
NAACP stands for ‘The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’. It is a civil rights crusader organization in the United States but aims at advancing global justice for all, though with a specific focus on African Americans. The organization was founded by a politically and culturally focused group that included W. E. B. Du Bois, Mary White Ovington, Moorfield Storey and Ida B. Wells at the beginning of the last century.
The 2021 NAACP prize for art and literature was announced on 6th April 2021, is in eight categories ranging from; fiction, non-fiction, debut author, Autobio/biography, poetry, teen-cum-youth literature, and then children literature.
Thus, Obama’s A Promised Land won the 2021 Nonfiction prize for being an outstanding work in this category. Jacqueline Woodson, a young female, black American, writer of children literature has also won the 2021 NAACP Prize for Teen and youths literature, she won the prize for her outstanding work; Before the Ever After. Woodson is a repeat winner of NAACP Prize, in 2016 she won the same prize for Locomotion, her outstanding work on children literature.
The Promise Land which shares the same title with Grace Ogot’s fictional work, was published by penguin Random house in the USA, it is an extraordinary and intimate as well as soul-searching story of one man’s bet with disrupted history, the undying faith of a community organizer tested on the political stage of the world.
It is a story of Obama’s candour about the balancing act of running for the top political office as a Black American, deriving hope on the hope broken people thrusted by the messages of yes we can as a change mojo. It is a beautifully written and powerful book that captures personal Barack political conviction about democracy not being a gift from on high but something founded on empathy and common understanding working towards building together on day by day basis.
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