Honors & Awards

Black Cultural Center at the University of Tennessee Named to Honor Twin Brothers

Black Cultural Center at the University of Tennessee Named to Honor Twin Brothers

The Friesons, both successful businessmen, recently gave $1 million to the university that will be used for academic support programs, diversity workshops, peer mentoring programs, and leadership development activities at the Black Cultural Center.

University of Delaware Scholar to Be Honored by the the American Institute of Chemical Engineers

University of Delaware Scholar to Be Honored by the the American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Thomas H. Epps III is the Thomas and Kipp Gutshall Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware. Dr. Epps joined the University of Delaware faculty in 2006.

Book on the Racial Integration of College Basketball Wins the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award

Book on the Racial Integration of College Basketball Wins the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award

The biography of Perry Wallace, who played basketball for Vanderbilt University from 1967 to 1970, is the first book dealing with sports to be honored in the 35-year history of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.

Three Black Scholars With Ties to Academic Medicine Win Awards

Three Black Scholars With Ties to Academic Medicine Win Awards

The honorees are Judith Green-McKenzie of the University of Pennsylvania, Richard Payne of Duke University, and Marie Chisholm-Burns of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.

Medgar Evers to Be Honored by Medgar Evers College

Medgar Evers to Be Honored by Medgar Evers College

This spring Medgar Evers College will grant an honorary degree to its namesake, Medgar Evers. Mylie Evers-Williams, who was married to Medgar Evers and continued his civil rights work after his death, will accept the award at the college’s June 2 commencement.

West Point to Name New Cadet Barracks to Honor Benjamin O. Davis Jr.

West Point to Name New Cadet Barracks to Honor Benjamin O. Davis Jr.

In 1932 Benjamin O. Davis Jr., the son of an Army officer, was admitted to West Point. He was “silenced” or shunned by his classmates for four years. No cadets, faculty or staff members befriended or spoke to him except on an official basis.

Honors and Awards for Six African American Educators

Honors and Awards for Six African American Educators

The honorees are Stephanie Luck of the University of Arkansas, the late Levi Watkins at Vanderbilt University, Clara Adams of Morgan State University, Anthony B. Pinn of Rice University, William F. Tate of Washington University in St. Louis, and Em Claire Knowles of Simmons College.

The Nation's Top-Ranked University Debater Is an African American

The Nation’s Top-Ranked University Debater Is an African American

Aaron Murphy, a senior at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, was named Speaker of the Year by the American Parliamentary Debate Association.

Medical Education Pioneer Donald Wilson Honored by the American College of Physicians

Medical Education Pioneer Donald Wilson Honored by the American College of Physicians

In 1991, Dr. Donald E. Wilson was named dean of medicine at the University of Maryland, the first African American dean of a predominantly White medical school. He was also was the first Black president of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Emory University School of Law to Name an Endowed Chair in Honor of John Lewis

Emory University School of Law to Name an Endowed Chair in Honor of John Lewis

John Lewis spoke at the March on Washington and was beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, on Bloody Sunday in March 1965. He has served his Atlanta district in Congress since 1987.

African American Adjunct Professor Wins a Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance

African American Adjunct Professor Wins a Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance

Melissa Givens is an adjunct professor at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, and Texas Southern University in Houston. She is also a doctoral student in music at the University of Houston.

Three African Americans at Leading Universities Receive Prestigious Honors

Three African Americans at Leading Universities Receive Prestigious Honors

The honorees are Roland G. Fryer Jr., the Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard, assistant professor Stephen M. Avery of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and Iris Outlaw, director of multicultural student programs and services at the University of Notre Dame.

Sjohnna McCray Wins the 2015 Walt Whitman Award

Sjohnna McCray Wins the 2015 Walt Whitman Award

The adjunct instructor in the department of English at Savannah State University in Georgia is being honored by the Academy of American Poets.

University of Maryland Building a Monument to Frederick Douglass

University of Maryland Building a Monument to Frederick Douglass

The new Frederick Douglass Square will feature quotations from Douglass displayed on a steel wall.

Dorothy Cowser Yancy Honored by Johnson C. Smith University

Dorothy Cowser Yancy Honored by Johnson C. Smith University

Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, has paid tribute to its president emerita Dorothy Cowser Yancy by naming the new Information and Technology Hall in her honor.

Three Black Women in Higher Education Win Notable Awards

Three Black Women in Higher Education Win Notable Awards

The honorees are Wanda Heading-Grant of the University of Vermont, Juanita Johnson-Bailey of the University of Georgia, and Emile M. Towns, dean of the Vanderbilt University Divinity School.

University of Virginia Names New Building After Former Slaves of University Professors

University of Virginia Names New Building After Former Slaves of University Professors

Both Isabella and William Gibbons were slaves who were owned by different professors at the University of Virginia prior to the Civil War. The new Gibbons Hall will house about 200 students this fall.

The Late Maya Angelou Honored by the U.S. Postal Service

The Late Maya Angelou Honored by the U.S. Postal Service

Maya Angelou, the Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University, who died last spring, was honored with the issue of a Forever Stamp bearing her portrait.

Vassar College Honored for Its Commitment to Increasing Opportunities for Low-Income Students

Vassar College Honored for Its Commitment to Increasing Opportunities for Low-Income Students

Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, is the inaugural winner of the $1 million Cooke Prize for Equity in Educational Excellence. Since 2008 the college has vastly increased its percentage of students from low-income families.

Washington and Lee University Black Law Students Win Mock Trial Competition

Washington and Lee University Black Law Students Win Mock Trial Competition

The team from Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia, competed against 18 teams in the finals competition held in Portland, Oregon. It was the only undefeated team in the three-day competition.

Honors and Awards for Black Leaders in Higher Education

Honors and Awards for Black Leaders in Higher Education

The honorees are Carol Tonge Mack of the University of Cincinnati, Quincy Martin III of Triton College in River Grove, Illinois, and Jean E. Swinney of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Two Black Scholars Win Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

Two Black Scholars Win Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

Marlon James, an associate professor of English at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, won the fiction prize and Jericho Brown, an assistant professor of English at Emory University in Atlanta, won the poetry award.

Alain Mabanckou Is a Finalist for the Man Booker International Prize

Alain Mabanckou Is a Finalist for the Man Booker International Prize

Alain Mabanckou is a professor of French and Francophone studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. A native of the Congo, he taught at the University of Michigan for three years before joining the UCLA faculty in 2006.

Texas Tech Honors a Black Student It Expelled in 1985

Texas Tech Honors a Black Student It Expelled in 1985

In 1985, Timothy Cole was expelled from the university after he had been accused of raping a White woman student. He was convicted a year later and sent to prison. Cole died in prison in 1999. In 2010, DNA evidence proved he did not commit the crime.

National Communication Association Names Award After Its Former President

National Communication Association Names Award After Its Former President

Orlando L. Taylor is vice president for strategic initiatives and research/director of the Institute for Social Innovation at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California. He was the first African American president of the National Communication Association.

Notable Honors and Awards for Black Scholars

Notable Honors and Awards for Black Scholars

The honorees are Emanuel Collins of Florida State University, Souleymane Bachir Diagne of Columbia University, Bridal Pearson of the University of Baltimore, John Hudgins of Coppin State University, and Jamila Stockman of the University of California, San Diego.

Two Nigerian Writers Who Teach in the U.S. Win the Windham Campbell Prize

Two Nigerian Writers Who Teach in the U.S. Win the Windham Campbell Prize

Helon Habila is an associate professor of creative writing at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Teju Cole is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College in New York.

Rutgers University Renames Institute to Honor Clement Alexander Price

Rutgers University Renames Institute to Honor Clement Alexander Price

Dr. Price, who died last November at the age of 69, was the Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor and the founding director of the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience on the university’s Newark campus.

Suzan-Lori Parks Wins the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History

Suzan-Lori Parks Wins the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History

Suzan-Lori Parks teaches creative writing at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She was honored for her play “Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3,” which was first staged at The Public Theater in New York last October.

Three African American Women Scholars Honored With Awards

Three African American Women Scholars Honored With Awards

The honorees are Lissa Stapleton of the University of Southern Mississippi, Retha Hill of Arizona State University, and Karla FC Holloway of Duke University.

University of Chicago Honors Its First African American Faculty Member

University of Chicago Honors Its First African American Faculty Member

Julian H. Lewis earned a Ph.D. in physiology and pathology at the University of Chicago in 1915 and then went on to medical school. He was hired as an instructor at the University of Chicago in 1917.

Two Scholars of the Arts Honored With Awards

Two Scholars of the Arts Honored With Awards

Melanye White Dixon, an associate professor of dance at Ohio State University, and Kirsten Pai Buick, an associate professor in the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico, win prestigious awards.

University of Montana Scholar to Be Honored by the Caribbean Philosophical Association

University of Montana Scholar to Be Honored by the Caribbean Philosophical Association

Benedicte Boisseron is an associate professor of French and Francophone language and literature at the University of Montana. She studied at the University of Paris and then earned a Ph.D. in French literature at the University of Michigan.

Duke University Professor Wins the Bollingen Prize for American Poetry

Duke University Professor Wins the Bollingen Prize for American Poetry

Nathaniel Mackey is the Reynolds Price Professor of Creative Writing at Duke University. The prize, which comes with a $150,000 cash award, is given out biennially by the Yale University Beineke Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Two African Americans Honored by Science Organizations

Two African Americans Honored by Science Organizations

Avery August, a professor at Cornell University, was honored by the American Association for Cell Biology and Rosie Phillips Bingham, vice president of student affairs at the University of Memphis, will be honored by the American Psychological Association.

Yusef Komunyakaa Awarded the Sidney Lanier Prize for Southern Literature

Yusef Komunyakaa Awarded the Sidney Lanier Prize for Southern Literature

Yusef Komunyakaa is the Global Distinguished Professor of English at New York University. He is being honored by the Center for Southern Studies at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.