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    November 2021

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Michael Paul Williams Awarded the 2021 Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square

Michael Paul Williams will be awarded the 2021 Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square at this virtual event on the Pell Center’s Facebook Page.  The Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square has honored storytellers whose work has a meaningful, positive impact on the public dialogue since 2013.  Williams is the 2021 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Commentary for his “penetrating and historically insightful columns that guided Richmond, a former capital of the Confederacy, through the painful and complicated process of dismantling the city’s monuments to white supremacy.” Williams is a native of Richmond and in 1992 became the first Black columnist at his hometown paper, an outlet in the former capital of the Confederacy that once endorsed Massive Resistance. Williams is a graduate of Hermitage High School, Virginia Union University and Northwtestern University. His unflinching truth telling has secured numerous honors; among them a Nieman Fellowship and the title of reporter “who makes you want to tear up the newspaper,” from a local magazine. He’s equally proud of each.

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