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Coretta Scott King Awards

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This award was established in 1969 by Glyndon Flynt Greer to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination in continuing work for peace and world brotherhood. It is to recognize African-American authors for their outstanding contributions to children's literature that promotes a better understanding and appreciation of the culture and contribution of all peoples to realize the American Dream.

Recognized by the American Library Association (ALA) in 1982 this annual award is now presented by the Coretta Scott King Task Force of the ALA's Social Responsibilities Round table. Originally only an award for authors, an illustrator award was established in 1979.

Award winners are announced in January of each year.

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards 1979-Present.