• Mary Evans Sias, president of Kentucky State University in Frankfort, was the recipient of the John G. Fee Award at the Founder’s Day ceremonies at Berea College. Fee founded Berea College in 1855.

Onaje Jackson, the great-grand nephew of John H. Jackson, the first African American to graduate from Berea College, was also given the John G. Fee Award. John Jackson went on to become president of Kentucky State University.

• Margaret Wade-Lewis, associate professor and chair of the black studies department at the State University of New York at New Paltz, received the College Language Association Book Award for her biography, Lorenzo Dow Turner: Father of Gullah Studies.