Gloria Naylor receives the Lillian Smith Award, for her novel Mama Day.
1989 (Nov 17)
African American writer Gloria Naylor won a Lillian Smith Award for 1989. The award was presented for her third novel, Mama Day, which centers on cultural conflict in an all-Black sea island community off the coast of South Carolina. The Smith awards were named for the late Georgia civil rights activist, who was also the author of Strange Fruit. They "recognize and encourage outstanding writing about the South." In 1983, Naylor won an American Book Award for The Women of Bretester Place.