Zora Neale Hurston Award



The prestigious Zora Neale Hurston Award is the highest honor awarded annually by the National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc.  This distinguished award is given in honor of folklorist/author Zora Neale Hurston. The award recognizes an individual who has contributed to the preservation and perpetuation of African American folklore.


Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.” ~ Zora Neale Hurston

1985 Mary Carter Smith (MD)
Linda Goss (PA)
Paul Keens-Douglas (Trinidad)                                 



 Tejumola Ologboni (WI)
Caroliese Frink Reed (PA)         

1986 Dr. William Faulkner (SC)
Dr. Hugh "Brother Blue" Morgan (MA)
Virginia Hamilton (OH) 


 Dr. Daryl Cumber Dance (VA)  
 1987 Frank Smith (KY)


Diane Ferlatte (CA)
Onawumi Jean Moss (MA) 


Doug & Frankie Quimby (SC)
Curtis "Cousin Wash" Hunt (CA)


Clora Bryant (CA)
Jeannie & Jimmie Cheatham (CA)


Augusta Baker Alexander (SC)


Linda Jenkins Brown (MD)
John O'Neale (LA)
Sonia Sanchez (PA) 

1990 Danny Barker (LA) 2008

Sharon Draper (OH)
Dr. John Fleming (OH)
Alice McGill (MD)
Diane Williams (MS) 

1991 Janie Hunter (SC)
Jackie Torrence (NC) 

Charlotte Blake Alston (PA)
Stanley "Bunjo" Butler (MD)
Sharon Jordan Holley (NY) 


 1992  Oscar Brown, Jr (CA)
Dr. Ruthe Sheffey (MD)
 2010  Mitch "Gran' Daddy Junebug (NC)  
1993 Mahmoud El-Kati (WI) 2011

Fellisco Keeling (MD)



Florence Brown-Hall (MI)



Karima Amin (NY)
Deborah Asante (IN)
Dr. Gladys Marie Fry (DC)
Dr. Joanne Martin (MD)
Dylan Pritchett (VA) 


1995 Catherine C. Blackwell, (MI)  2013

Barbara Eady (OH)
Vusi and Nothando Zulu (MN)

1996 Ella Jenkins (IL) 2014

Haki R. Madhubuti (IL)
Shanta Nurallah (IL)

Jan Spivey Gilchrist (IL)

1997 Leon Bibb (OH)  2015

Willa Brigham (NC)
Howard Dodson, PhD ( DC)     
Eloise Greenfield (DC)



Ossie & Ruby Davis (NY)

Dr. Molefi Kete Asante (PA)
Dr. Charles L. Blockson (PA)
Dr. Rex Ellis (VA)




Eleanora E. Tate (NC)
Dr. John Hope Franklin (NC)



Patricia C. McKissack


2000 Dr. David Anderson (NY) 2018 

 Beverly Fields Burnette  (NC)
Mary Curtis   (NC)



 Baba Jamal Koram (VA)   2019 
 Dr. MaryAnn Harris  (OH)
Bryan Stevenson  (AL)