• J.W. Carmichael Jr., professor of chemistry at Xavier University in New Orleans, was awarded an honorary degree at the convocation ceremonies of Meharry Medical College. Dr. Carmichael was honored for his directorship of the pre-med program at Xavier which has sent more African-American students to medical school than any other undergraduate feeder institution.

• Larry E. Rivers, president of Fort Valley State University in Georgia, was named Community Man of the Year by the Trinity Missionary Baptist Church in Fort Valley, Georgia.

• James H. Ammons, president of Florida A&M University, was named Leader of the Year by Leadership Tallahassee, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for citizens of the city.

• Willie Jeffries was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Black College Hall of Fame in Atlanta. Jeffries, a graduate of South Carolina State University, was the first black head coach in major college football. In 1979 Jeffries was named head coach at Wichita State University.

• Julian Bond, the famed civil rights leader and now professor of history at the University of Virginia and chair of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, was given the Living Legend Award from the Library of Congress.