Don Receives “Shadow and Act” Award from the Ralph Ellison Foundation

The Ralph Ellison Foundation presented Don with the 2020 Shadow and Act Award for “outstanding service in the spirit of Ellison’s legacy” at its annual gala in Oklahoma City on Feb. 29.

Ellison, author of Invisible Man, mentored Don as an undergraduate at New York University, encouraging him as he pursued a 20-year writing career, and Ellison’s understanding of the power of the oral tradition informed the vision and mission of Audible from the beginning, Don told the audience at the Oklahoma History Center.

“My experience of him up close when I was young is a testament to the profound, even defining impact a teacher can have on the course of a life,” Don said.

Read his remarks here.