Dr. Kerri Moseley-Hobbs Garners 2022 Newsome Award for Historical Author of the Year

Author of the Creative Nonfiction Book 'More Than a Fraction' to Receive the Newsome Award August 20, 2022
BALTIMORE - Aug. 17, 2022 - PRLog -- The 27th annual Newsome Awards, taking place August 19-21, 2022 (various places) with an awards ceremony Saturday August 20th at Martin West (6817 Dogwood Road, 21244) is where Dr. Kerri Moseley-Hobbs will be honored with the "Historical Author of the Year" Award. An Historian and Guest Lecturer, Dr. Moseley-Hobbs published the creative nonfiction book "More Than a Fraction: Based on a True Story" in 2017 after years of research into her ancestry which ended on the grounds that are now Virginia Tech University. The land where Virginia Tech stands was the former plantations Smithfield and Solitude. The plantation owners, the Prestons, donated most of the Smithfield grounds for the establishment of the college and later the grounds of Solitude for the expansion of the college.

The main characters of her book "More Than a Fraction", brothers Thomas and Othello Fraction, ran away from their enslavement to fight for their freedom in the Civil War. Both became honorability discharged veterans and before their death were well established "colored men" in the state of Virginia. Their roles in the history of Smithfield, Solitude and Virginia Tech were coming to light at the time Dr. Moseley-Hobbs contacted them about her ancestors. Eventually, through invitation, Dr. Kerri became a member of the Board of Trustees of the Smithfield estate, as well as an adviser to the Virginia Tech University.

In 2021 Dr. Kerri Moseley-Hobbs established the More Than a Fraction Foundation with a mission to expand research and education into the history, life, culture, and experiences of the enslaved Africans in America and African-Americans. The Foundation, so far in 2022, has been awarded over $20,000 in grants to help in the operation of and the execution of its programs.

The Newsome Awards is also honoring actor and actress of the year; album of the year; group and quartet of the year; female and male vocalist of the year; pastor of the year; promoter of the year; children's book author of the year, and humanitarian of the year. Known for honoring Gospel music and artists, the Newsome Awards is the brain-child of Dr. Frederick Douglass Ware-Newsome a business consultant for over 30 years. The 27th Newsome Awards will be held 7pm – 11pm Saturday August 20th at the Martin West in Baltimore, Maryland.


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