Joseph Parrott has won an award recognising ‘the best journal article or chapter in an edited book on the historical relationship between media and civil rights published during the previous two years’.
A postdoctoral fellow at Yale University, Joseph Parrott has won the 2017 Farrar Award in Media & Civil Rights History for his article published in the July–September 2015 issue of Race & Class: ‘A Luta Continua: Radical Filmmaking, Pan-African Liberation and Communal Empowerment’ – on the seminal film by Robert Van Lierop.
The contest judges, a national panel of three historians with expertise in civil rights and media history, selected Dr. Parrott’s article as the award winner from the largest field of submissions in the Farrar Award’s five competitions. In commenting on the award-winning study, the judges wrote:
With a probing examination of activist filmmaking and transnational anti- imperialism efforts, this insightful, imaginative, deeply researched, and richly engrossing article compels us to rethink the temporal and spatial boundaries of the Black Freedom Struggle. Mining a range of compelling archival sources, including oral interviews and FBI reports, Parrott is to be commended for drawing renewed critical attention to (Robert) Van Lierop’s film and its profound impact among African American activists, journalists, and intellectuals.
Dr. Parrott delivered the Farrar Award Lecture at the Media and Civil Rights History Symposium sponsored by the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina on Saturday, April 1.
A Luta Continua: Radical Filmmaking, Pan-African Liberation and Communal Empowerment is available to view free, here