Jessie Carney Smith
WNBA Award Citation:
For her enduring and unique contribution to the world of books, and through books, to society
For her life-long dedication to the enhancement of libraries both here and abroad with special emphasis on the humanities and in the field of black studies
For her numerous writings promoting academic and research development and for her work for better race relations through an understanding of the contributions made by blacks to society
For the many programs and projects she has sponsored enhancing and improving the black experience with particular reference to her invaluable contributions as Director of the Library at Fisk University.
The Women’s National Book Association is proud to honor this bookwoman who has shared her personal warmth, her energies, and her talents with so many.