Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. – Harvard University’s Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research – received the Chicago Tribune Literary Award on Sunday at the Chicago Humanities Festival.
The Chicago Tribune also awarded Gates with its Heartland Prize 25 years ago for his memoir Colored People.
His latest book Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow explores the 12 years following the Civil War. He also produced a PBS documentary on the same time period.
Gates chose to donate his $10,000 award to Alzheimer’s research in honor of his friend with Alzheimer’s, Charles Ogletree, a former Harvard Law professor.