Dr. Sandra Hughes-Hassell, professor at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and doctoral student, Casey Rawson, have been selected for the 2013 Virginia Hamilton Essay Award Honor Citation for their article, "Rethinking the Tests We Use in Literacy Instruction with Adolescent African American Males.”
The award “recognizes a journal article published in a given year which makes a significant contribution to professional literature concerning multicultural literary experiences for youth.” The award will be presented at the Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature on April 4 and 5, 2013.
According to the Web site, the Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature is "the longest-running event in the United States to focus exclusively on multicultural literature for children and young adults. Honoring author Virginia Hamilton, the conference reflects a commitment to promoting cultural awareness and affirming cultural pride while addressing the array of issues which surround the concept of culture. The conference is held each April at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio."