Linell Smith, a Sun feature writer, has won one of two honorable mentions in the annual A.D. Emmart Awards for her stories on the 35th anniversary of Gwynn Oak Park's desegregation.
The top prize of $1,000 went to Margaret Guroff, managing editor of Baltimore magazine, for a December 1997 story about a woman caring for her developmentally disabled brothers after their mother's death. Another honorable mention, worth $250, went to writer Wyl S. Hilton, a former Baltimore magazine writer, for a profile of artist Raoul Middleman.
The Emmart prizes honor writing in the humanities published in a Maryland general-readership newspaper or magazine. They are named for A.D. Emmart, whose 47-year career at The Sun and The Evening Sun included positions as editorial page editor, book review editor and art critic.
For Smith, a Baltimore native who has been on the staff of The Sun since 1976, it was her second Emmart honorable mention. Her stories recounted the demonstrations that led to the desegregation of Gwynn Oak Park and its impact on the lives of several participants.
The annual prizes were awarded at ceremonies Sunday at the Enoch Pratt Central Library.
Pub Date: 12/08/98