She was selected for her new book, “The New Jim Crow: Mass incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.”
The $10,000 award is given biennially to a united States author who written work makes an impact on a critical social issue in the tradition of Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”
Alexander will receive her award at the Stowe Center’s Big Tent Jubilee on May 30, 2013. Her book was chosen from a field of 71 entries.
“It is a tremendous honor to be selected as the recipient of the Stowe prize,” said Alexander. “It is a powerful affirmation of the power of writing to influence change.”