The Southern Regional Council ("SRC") has entered into a partnership with 100 Black Men of Atlanta (the "100") for the establishment of a reading library within the 100's Resource Learning Center (the "Center"). As a result of this partnership, the Center will acquire a collection of books previously nominated for the Lillian Smith Book Awards.
SRC is an inter-racial organization founded in 1919 to combat racial injustice in the South. SRC initiated he Lillian Smith Book Awards shortly after Smith's death in 1966 to recognize authors whose writing extends the legacy of the outspoken writer, educator and social critic who challenged her fellow Southerners and all Americans on issues of social and racial justice. Since 2004 the awards have been presented by SRC in partnership with the University of Georgia Libraries, whose Hargret Rare Book and Manuscript Library houses a historic collection of Lillian Smith's letters and manuscripts. The Georgia Center for the Book became a partner in 2007, whe the awards ceremony first became part of the Decatur Book Festival.
The 2008 winners of the Lillian Smith Book Award were Wesley Hogan for Many Minds, One Heart: SNCC's Dream for a New America, and Joseph Crespino for In Search of Another Country: Mississippi and the Southern Counterrevolution.