Penn Scholar of Black Politics and Religion Wins Grawemeyer Award

December 01, 2011

Barbara D. Savage, a professor of history and American social thought at the University of Pennsylvania, will receive the 2012 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion for her 2008 book, Your Spirits Walk Beside Us: The Politics of Black Religion (Harvard University Press).

The book introduces important new perspectives on the study of black religion and the political role of African-American churches, said the award director, Susan R. Garrett, who is dean-elect of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. The seminary and the University of Louisville jointly present the religion prize, one of five Grawemeyer Awards given annually.

The Grawemeyer Awards were created in 1984 by H. Charles Grawemeyer, a University of Louisville alumnus, with the intent of honoring ideas that make the world a better place. Winners of the 2012 awards for music composition, for ideas improving world order, and for psychology have been announced this week. Still to be announced is an award in education. This year's awards carry prizes of $100,000 each.

More information Grawemeyer Awards is available on the prize foundation's Web site.