The 2000 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award went to Anthony Sampson for Mandela and Katherine Newman for No Shame in My Game.
Katherine Newman's No Shame in My Game: The Working Poor in the Inner City challenges many of the assumptions surrounding poverty in America. For two years, Newman, a professor of urban studies at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and her research assistants focused on 300 workers and job-seekers at four fast-food restaurants in Harlem, one of the nation's most depressed urban areas. Their results revealed that contrary to popular opinion, America's working poor are committed to earning a living and supporting themselves despite the ready alternatives of crime and welfare. No Shame in My Game reveals the essential contribution that low-wage earners make to the survival of poor households and the ways in which these jobs affect young people's attitudes, prospects, and self-image.