Virginia Hamilton

Virginia Hamilton

Hamilton grew up in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and lived much of her adult life on the farm her family owned since the 1850’s. Her family encouraged her to read and write widely. She attended both Antioch College and Ohio State University. Hamilton won the Newbery Medal in 1975 for M C Higgins the Great.

“The past moves me and with me, although I remove myself from it. It's light often shines on this night traveler: and when it does, I scribble it down. Whatever pleasure is in it I need pass on. That's happiness. That is who I am.”

Virginia Hamilton, quoted from  "Virginia Hamilton, Author." African American Literature Book Club (AALBC), n.d. Retrieved 30 June 2014.