The New Press Social Justice Awards

In 2010 The New Press presented the first New Press Social Justice Award to author and activist Alice Walker for her remarkable ability to use words to bring about truth and social change. Now an annual tradition, the awards are given out at The New Press's fall cocktail benefit, and to date have recognized the work of twelve leading social justice activists who hold a belief in the power of books and culture to bring about positive change in the world.

2016

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Jane Mayer
for her uncompromising commitment and contributions to democracy, truth telling, and a free press 
 

Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Master of Ceremonies

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2015

Anna Deavere Smith
for her ability to depict, with penetrating clarity, the most pressing issues of our day

Laura Flanders, Master of Ceremonies

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2014

         

Robert L. Bernstein and Toni Morrison
for their steadfast belief in the power of the pen to bring about social change

Farai Chideya, Master of Ceremonies

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2013

           

Harry Belafonte and Pete Seeger
for their profound understanding of the role that music and the arts can play in social movements

Calvin Trillin, Master of Ceremonies

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2012

                   

Michelle Alexander, André Schiffrin, and New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman
for their commitment to questioning, examining, and ultimately bringing to light injustices in our society

Laura Flanders, Master of Ceremonies

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2011

         

Bob Herbert and Joseph E. Stiglitz
for providing serious, accessible, and vital ideas necessary for the health of our democracy

Laura Walker, Master of Ceremonies

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2010

Alice Walker
for her remarkable ability to use words to bring about truth and social change

Bill Moyers, Master of Ceremonies

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