on the Prize
Robert Mayer’s sourcebook, The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Greenhaven
Press/Thomsen & Gale, 2004) has won the Carter G. Woodson
Book Award for 2005 for the best book on ethnicity for secondary-level readers.
The award’s namesake
expresses the honor of this citation: Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950) was known as the “Father
of Black History” for his books and his belief that African-Americans needed
to know their past in order to make their mark on the present and future.
overwhelmed at getting feedback suggesting that someone else sees value in the book,” says
Bob, professor of education, advisor to the historical studies major, and longtime student of the
civil rights era. He says editing the book was “a pleasure unto itself.”
original texts of the legislation, President Lyndon B. Johnson’s strong statements
in support of public equality for black Americans, thoughtful essays by great participants in the
civil rights movement, newspaper editorials and op-eds, and much other information, supported by
a narrative connection and period photographs.
Bob will go to the National Council for the Social
Studies’ 85th annual conference, November 17-20
in Kansas City, to receive the award.
Learn more about the
award at www.socialstudies.org/awards/woodson.