Diane McWhorter won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for her book, Carry Me Home, a personal documentary of the cataclysmic events that took place in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963. Considered one of the most important books on the civil rights movement, its awards and accolades include one of Time Magazine's Ten Best Books of the Year, a New York Times Notable Book, a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year, and winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award.
McWhorter grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and was educated at Wellesley College. She is a long-time contributor to The New York Times and writes for the Op-Ed page of USA Today. Her articles about race, politics, and culture have also appeared in Harpers, The Nation, The New Republic, Newsday, People, Talk, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and other publications.
With the publication of A Dream of Freedom: The Civil Rights Movement from 1954-1968, McWhorter brings her award-winning treatment of this subject matter to a younger audience. Set against the backdrop of her personal experience, this powerful but intimate book explores the sacrifices and triumphs of African Americans in their pursuit of social and political equality.