Mavis Staples to get special Sandburg Award

SHARE Mavis Staples to get special Sandburg Award

A lovely, musical note has been added to the 14th annual Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner this fall. Grammy Awad-winning soul, rhythm and blues and gospel singer Mavis Staples will be the repient of the inaugural Carl Sandburg Award in the Arts from the Chicago Public Library and its foundation.

The choice was clearly a very natural one as, like Staples, Sandburg himself also was a civil rights activist, who also was an accomplished singer.

The awards dinner will be held at the UIC Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Previously announced, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and author Larry McMurtry will be honored with the Sandburg Awards for career achievement in literature; and Chicago author Veronica Roth, who penned the “Divergent” bestsellers, will be given the 21st Century Award for encouraging new talent.

In a statement, dinner producer and Library Foundation Board member Donna LaPietra said, “Carl Sandburg is remembered not only as a poet and write, he was one of the United States’ first folk singers, who would perform song at his lectures and poetry recitals. He also was an early and powerful advocate for civil rights during his era. We could think of no one more perfect to receive the first Carl Sandburg Award in the Arts than the incomparable Mavis Staples.”


The Latest
Candace Parker reached another career milestone, becoming the fifth player in WNBA history with 600 career blocks.
The nearly 500 protesters also put tape over their mouths as a silent protest against social media’s “sensitive content” tag they say is being used to block news stories of Russian acts of terror.
A new report lays bare how far our state has to go since the disruption caused by COVID-19.
The boy was arrested moments after allegedly trying to take a vehicle from a man Saturday in the 3800 block of West Arthington Street.
“Let me put it this way,” Krishnamoorthi said Sunday. “I think that the Prime Minister of Japan said he gets a lot of advice from Rahm Emanuel directly.”