Valk wins Oral History Book Prize

 Oral History Association Award

Valk wins Oral History Book Prize

Anne Valk, associate director for programs at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, has received the 2011 Book Award from the Oral History Association (OHA) for Living with Jim Crow: African-American Women and Memories of the Segregated South (Palgrave Studies in Oral History, 2010). Co-authored by Valk and Leslie Brown of Williams College, the book collects black women’s personal recollections of their public and private lives during the period of legal segregation in the American South. The award committee noted that they were deeply impressed by what they described as an “antidote to the many accounts of segregation and the Civil Rights Movement that overlook women as major forces of change.” They also cited the book’s methodological sophistication and the “skillful weaving together of first-person narrative and photographs.” The award, given biennially, was presented to Valk and Brown during the OHA annual meeting in Denver earlier this month.