Gail Lumet Buckley received the 2002 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for American Patriots: The Story of Blacks in the Military from the Revolution to Desert Storm, an account of the African-Americans who defended the United States despite racism both at home and in the ranks overseas.
Gail Lumet Buckley is a journalist and the daughter of Lena Horne. Her family history — The Hornes — became an American Masters documentary, and she narrated a documentary on black American families for PBS. She has written for the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, the New York Daily News, and The New York Times. She lives in New York.
The judges awarded distinguished honors to Brotherhoods of Color: Black Railroad Workers and the Struggle for Equality by Eric Arnesen, a fascinating history of the centrality of the railroad to the African-American experience in the United States, from the aftermath of the Civil War through the end of the Civil Rights movement.