Professor Sherri Burr has won first place for her speech "The Immortal Hattie McDaniel," which was given last February on the occasion of the U.S. Post Office unveiling of the 2006 Black Heritage postage stamp honoring McDaniel, the first African-American to win an Academy Award acting award. McDaniel won for portraying Mammy in the 1939 film "Gone with the Wind." In her speech, Burr focused on McDaniel's career in a time of limited screen roles for African-Americans and her humanitarian endeavors.
As a first place New Mexico winner, Burr's speech will be forwarded to the National Federation of Press Women contest to compete with winners from the other 49 states.
Professor Burr says, "I'm thrilled to receive this honor. I dedicate it to Hattie McDaniel, who continues to inspire me."
The Post Office gave Professor Burr a framed replicate of the postage stamp, which hangs in her office.