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Liberty Hill Foundation to honor Walter Mosley

April 12, 2010 |  6:15 am


The foundation Liberty Hill will present its Upton Sinclair Award to author Walter Mosley at its annual gala dinner on May 20. His novels have "powerfully tackled such monumental events in Los Angeles like the Watts riots," says Liberty Hill Chief Executive and President Kafi Blumenfield, "and eloquently created an authentic picture of the social injustice being faced by African Americans in our complicated city." 

Dedicated to supporting those who work for social justice, Liberty Hill has been active in Los Angeles for more than 30 years. Its annual gala dinner is a fundraiser and will include a silent auction.

The Upton Sinclair Award was named for the activist and prolific writer. Sinclair published more than 90 books, including 1906's "The Jungle," which exposed the meatpacking industry, and his novel "Dragon's Teeth," which won the 1943 Pulitzer Prize. On May 15, 1923, Sinclair was arrested for trying to read a speech at Liberty Hill in San Pedro on the Los Angeles Harbor, and spent five days in jail. That incident was both the impetus for the founding of the ACLU of Southern California and, years later, Liberty Hill Foundation.

Previous recipients of the Upton Sinclair Award include producer Robert Greenwald of Brave New Films, cinematographer Howard Wexler and author Howard Zinn.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Walter Mosley in 2007. Credit: Robert Caplin / For The Times