Honors & Awards

University of North Dakota Honors One of Its Early Black Students

University of North Dakota Honors One of Its Early Black Students

In 1924, Era Bell Thompson enrolled at the University of North Dakota as a track and field athlete. After college, she became a journalist and eventually was one of the top editors at Ebony magazine.

University Librarian Honored by the Tuskegee Airmen

University Librarian Honored by the Tuskegee Airmen

Ruth M. Jackson, University Librarian Emerita at the University of California, Riverside, received the 2014 Presidential Recognition Award from Tuskegee Airmen Inc. In 2005, Jackson established the Tuskegee Airman Archive at the university.

Artist Uses Her Head to Win Top Prize in Art Competition

Artist Uses Her Head to Win Top Prize in Art Competition

Sonya Clark, chair of the department of craft and material studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, enlisted 12 hairstylists to craft her head into a work of art for the judges’ consideration.

W. Terrell Jones Receives Posthumous Award

W. Terrell Jones Receives Posthumous Award

Dr. Jones, who served as vice provost for educational equity at Pennsylvania State University, was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Commission on Access, Diversity, and Excellence of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

Nigerian Poet Wins the Inaugural Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry

Nigerian Poet Wins the Inaugural Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry

The pan-African poetry prize honors books of African poetry written in English or translated into English. The inaugural winner of the prize is Nigerian amu nnadi.

The First African American to Win a Major Award in Aviation Education

The First African American to Win a Major Award in Aviation Education

I. Richmond Nettey is the associate dean of the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability, and Technology at Kent State University in Ohio. He is being honored by the University Aviaton Association.

Neal Lester to Be Honored by the Modern Language Association

Neal Lester to Be Honored by the Modern Language Association

Neal A. Lester is the Foundation Professor of English and the founding director of Project Humanities at Arizona State University. He is being honored for his exceptional service to the profession of English.

UCLA Honors Jackie Robinson

UCLA Honors Jackie Robinson

The University of California, Los Angeles is retiring Jackie Robinson’s #42 for all men’s and women’s sports. It also renamed its sports and recreation complex in Robinson’s honor.

Three Books Nominated for African Poetry Prize

Three Books Nominated for African Poetry Prize

The African Poetry Book Fund, in conjunction with Prairie Schooner, the literary journal published by the University of Nebraska, has announced three finalists for the inaugural Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry.

Lenard Moore Wins the 2014 North Carolina Award in Literature

Lenard Moore Wins the 2014 North Carolina Award in Literature

Lenard Moore has been on the faculty at the University of Mount Olive since 2005. In 2008, Moore became the first Southerner and the first African American to be elected as president of the Haiku Society of America.

Honors for Four Black Scholars

Honors for Four Black Scholars

The honorees at Tanisha C. Ford of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Alfreda Brown of Kent State University in Ohio, William R. Harvey, president of Hampton University in Virginia, and Dionne Cross Francis of Indiana University.

Mary Frances Berry Honored by the American Society of Legal History

Mary Frances Berry Honored by the American Society of Legal History

Mary Frances Berry, former chair of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and professor of history in the School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Marquis Hill Wins the Thelonius Monk Jazz Competition

Marquis Hill Wins the Thelonius Monk Jazz Competition

Marquis Hill is a teaching associate in the jazz program at the University of Illinois-Chicago. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and holds a master’s degree in jazz pedagogy from DePaul University in Chicago.

Two African American Educators Honored by Indiana University

Two African American Educators Honored by Indiana University

Stanley Warren, a retired professor of education at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and Shaun R. Harper of the University of Pennsylvania, received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Education at Indiana University.

Melanie Murry Honored by the National Bar Association

Melanie Murry Honored by the National Bar Association

Melanie Murry, University Counsel at the University of Memphis in Tennessee, received the 2014 A.A. Latting Award for Outstanding Community Services.

Albany State University Honors Its Former President

Albany State University Honors Its Former President

Albany State University in Georgia has announced that it is renaming an academic building on campus to honor the institution’s sixth president Billy C. Black.

A Pair of African American Women Honored With Prestigious Awards

A Pair of African American Women Honored With Prestigious Awards

The honorees are Tiffany A. Flowers, instructor of education at Georgia Perimeter College in Decatur, and Serita Acker, the director of the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program at Clemson University in South Carolina.

Claudia Rankine Is a Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry

Claudia Rankine Is a Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry

Claudia Rankine, the Henry G. Lee Professor of English at Pomona College in Claremont, California, is one of five finalists for the National Book Award in the poetry category.

Howard University's Frank Ross Honored by the American Institute of CPAs

Howard University’s Frank Ross Honored by the American Institute of CPAs

Frank K. Ross, the director of the Center for Accounting Education at the Howard University School of Business, received the 2014 Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Service from the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA).

Honors Bestowed on Four African American Scholars

Honors Bestowed on Four African American Scholars

The honorees are Antoine J. Alston of North Carolina A&T State University, Adriel A. Hilton of Western Carolina University, Phyllis Miller of Mississippi State University, and Bernardine M. Lacey of Delaware State University.

Colorado State University Scientist to Be Honored by the Institute of Caribbean Studies

Colorado State University Scientist to Be Honored by the Institute of Caribbean Studies

Robert B. France, professor of computer science at Colorado State University, has been selected to receive the Excellence in Science and Technology Award from the Institute of Caribbean Studies.

Cato Laurencin Receives a Pioneer Award From the National Institutes of Health

Cato Laurencin Receives a Pioneer Award From the National Institutes of Health

He is the first faculty member at the University of Connecticut to win the award. The award comes with a $4 million grant to enable Dr. Laurencin to continue his groundbreaking work on regenerative engineering.

Distinguished Honors for Three African American Scholars

Distinguished Honors for Three African American Scholars

The honorees at Brandon Keith Brown assistant professor of music at Brown University, William M. Carter Jr., dean of the law school at the University of Pittsburgh, and Robin E. Dock, an associate professor at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina.

Yale's Hazel Carby to Receive a Prestigious Medal for Literary Achievement

Yale’s Hazel Carby to Receive a Prestigious Medal for Literary Achievement

Professor Carby has been selected to received the 2014 Jay B. Hubbell Medal for Lifetime Achievement in American Literary Studies. The award is sponsored by the American Literature Section of the Modern Language Association.

Stanford University's Condoleezza Rice Receives West Point's Thayer Award

Stanford University’s Condoleezza Rice Receives West Point’s Thayer Award

The award is presented by the U.S. Military Academy’s Association of Graduates to individuals who exemplify West Point’s motto, “Duty, Honor, Country.” Dr. Rice, a former U.S. secretary of state, is now a professor at Stanford University.

Professor Wins a National Award for Her Book on the History of Black Journalists

Professor Wins a National Award for Her Book on the History of Black Journalists

Jinx Coleman Broussard, a professor in the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, received the History Division Book Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Notable Honors for Three Black Men With Ties to the Academic World

Notable Honors for Three Black Men With Ties to the Academic World

Patrick Cage of Chicago State University and Chinedum Osuji of Yale University are being honored by professional societies and mystery writer Walter Mosley is receiving an award from the City College of New York.

Jackson State University Names a Recital Hall to Honor Long-Time Music Professor

Jackson State University Names a Recital Hall to Honor Long-Time Music Professor

Jimmie James served on the staff at Jackson State University in Mississippi for 43 years, rising through the ranks to chair the department of music. The university honored his service by placing his name on a recital hall in the campus music center.

Four Black Scholars With Ties to Academia Win American Book Awards

Four Black Scholars With Ties to Academia Win American Book Awards

The Before Columbus Foundation of Oakland, California is honoring Emily Raboteau of CCNY, Jonathan Scott Holloway of Yale, Sterling Plumpp of the University of Illinois, Chicago, and Jamaica Kincaid of Claremont McKenna College.

University of Nebraska Scholar Honored for Journalism Research

University of Nebraska Scholar Honored for Journalism Research

Dane Kiambi, an assistant professor of public relations at the University of Nebraska, received the Best Paper Award for Journalism Research from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

John Brooks Slaughter Is Honored by the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering

John Brooks Slaughter Is Honored by the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering

Dr. Slaughter is professor of education and professor of engineering at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He is the former president of NACME and was chancellor of the University of Maryland and president of Occidental College.

Vassar College Professor Wins the Saroyan Prize for International Writing

Vassar College Professor Wins the Saroyan Prize for International Writing

Kiese Laymon is an associate professor of English at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. The Saroyan Prize is given every two years by the Stanford University Libraries and the William Soroyan Foundation.

Emory University Scholar to Receive the Lillian Smith Book Award

Emory University Scholar to Receive the Lillian Smith Book Award

Bernard Lafayette Jr., the Distinguished Senior Scholar-in-Residence at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, is being honored for his book about his time as leader of the Selma, Alabama, voting rights protests.

Four African Americans Presented With Prestigious Awards

Four African Americans Presented With Prestigious Awards

The four honorees are Lynden A. Archer of Cornell University in New York, Gary L. LeRoy of Wright State University in Detroit, Jada Bussey-Jones of Emory University in Atlanta, and Derek Wilson of Prairie View A&M University in Texas.

Sierra Club Names Its New Award After a Texas Southern University Dean

Sierra Club Names Its New Award After a Texas Southern University Dean

The Sierra Club has announced the establishment of a new award that will honor an individual or a group that has done outstanding work in the area of environmental justice. The award will be named after Dr. Robert Bullard, one of the founders of the environmental justice movement.

Spelman College President Earns Highest Honor From the American Psychological Association

Spelman College President Earns Highest Honor From the American Psychological Association

The citation for the award given to Beverly Daniel Tatum said that “you have engaged the very difficult subject of race relations in the United States, and the impact of such an environment on identity development for African Americans.”