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Local author wins NAACP award for biography of Jesse Owens

Post by Kathleen Cooper / The News Tribune on Feb. 18, 2012 at 5:14 pm with No Comments »
February 18, 2012 8:53 pm

A Tacoma man has won an NAACP Image Award for a biography of Olympic track star Jesse Owens.

Jeff Burlingame, a part-time News Tribune editor and author of 13 other books, won the award in the Outstanding Literary Work for Youth/Teens category on Friday at a ceremony in Los Angeles.

The author Jeff Burlingame. Photo: www.jeffburlingame.com

He competed against four other authors: Kekla Magoon, Jerdine Nolen, Walter Dean Myers and Nikki Grimes.

His nomination for “Jesse Owens: I Always Loved Running” was his second nomination in that category. Last year Burlingame was nominated for his biography of Malcolm X, but lost to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

The awards were created in the late 1960s and honor black actors, writers, producers and directors, as well as those who support those artists.


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