Michael K. Honey Receives Guggenheim Award

Michael Honey, best known for his scholarly research on the history of Martin Luther King Jr. and labor unions, received a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship “on the basis of his prior achievement and exceptional promise,” according to a statement from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

The Guggenheim Fellowship, awarded this year to 180 individual scholars, artists and scientists chosen from among nearly 3,000 applicants, will support Honey’s oral history project called, “Sharecropper’s troubadour: the narrative, songs and poetry of John Handcox of the Southern Tenant Farmers Union.”  

Honey is the Haley Endowed Professor of Humanities at UW Tacoma. He previously served two terms as the Harry Bridges Endowed Chair of Labor Studies at the University of Washington’s Seattle campus. He will also be a fellow at the UW Simpson Center for the Humanities this fall. Last year he was honored with UW Tacoma’s Distinguished Research Award.

He has written three award-winning books on the history of labor and civil rights in the South, most recently, Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign (Beacon Press, 2011) ,which won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award in 2008. In January he published a book of King’s labor speeches, All Labor Has Dignity (Beacon Press, 2011). 

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