The Book of Negroes named a Peabody Awards finalist

The Book of Negroes, a co-production between CBC and BET in the United States, has been named one of 60 finalists for the Peabody Awards.

Based on Canadian Lawrence Hill’s novel about Aminata Diallo, a woman abducted from West Africa to become a slave in American Revolution-era South Carolina, the miniseries was written by Hill and Clement Virgo and aired to high ratings last year on the public broadcaster.

Next week the 60 finalists will be narrowed down to “The Peabody 30,” to be honored at the 75th anniversary Peabody ceremony on May 21 in New York.