Honors and Awards

Shirley E. Thompson, associate professor of American studies at the University of Texas at Austin, won the $10,000 grand prize in the university’s Robert W. Hamilton Book Awards competition. She was honored for her work, Exiles at Home: The Struggle to Become American in Creole New Orleans.

Professor Thompson holds bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University. She is currently working on a new book entitled No More Auction Block for Me: African Americans and the Problem of Property.

Freddie L. Richards, dean of the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences at Prairie View A&M University in Texas, received the 2010 George Washington Carver Agricultural Excellence Award from the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Dean Richards is a graduate of Alabama A&M University. He holds a master’s degree from Tuskegee University and a doctorate in agricultural education from Pennsylvania State University.

Denis Mukwege, director of Panzi Hospital in the city of Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, received the Wallenberg Medal from the University of Michigan. Dr. Mukwege was honored for his work helping victims of sexual violence.

Margaret Carter, deputy director of the Oregon Department of Human Services and former counselor at Portland Community College, was honored with the designation as an Alumni Fellow at Oregon State University. Carter, who earned a master’s degree at Oregon State, was the first African-American woman elected to the Oregon House of Representatives.