The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) announced the winners of their 2016 awards season, naming X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon as the best outstanding literary work for youth and teens.
X: A Novel follows Malcolm X from his childhood to his imprisonment for theft at age twenty, when he found the faith that would lead him to forge a new path and command a voice that still resonates today.
— Candlewick Press (@Candlewick) February 6, 2016
The four other nominees for outstanding literary work for youth and teens were Andrea Davis Pinkney’s Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound, Sharon Draper’s Stella by Starlight, Edwidge Danticat’s Untwine, and Gwen Richardson’s You Are Wonderfully Made: 12 Life-Changing Principles for Teen Girls to Embrace.
The NAACP Image Awards honor outstanding people of color in art and entertainment. Shabazz and Magoon accepted the award at a ceremony in Pasadena hosted by “Black-Ish” star Anthony Anderson.