Honors and Awards

Curtis Everett Powell, director of choral activities at Delaware State University, received the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Medallion for his service as conductor of the 105 Voices of History National Concert Choir.

Blake D. Morant, dean of the Wake Forest University School of Law, won the John R. Kramer Outstanding Law School Dean Award from Equal Justice Works.

Dean Morant holds bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Virginia.

Jim Floyd, the first African-American mayor of Princeton, New Jersey, and a 30-year member of the foundation board at Mercer County Community College, was honored with the establishment of a scholarship at the college, named after him and his late wife Fannie.

Connia Nelson, senior vice president for human resources at Verizon Telecom, received the Distinguished Alumna Award from Indiana State University. In addition to her bachelor’s degree earned at Indiana State, she holds a master’s degree from Dallas Baptist University.

Aaron Walton, senior vice president for corporate affairs at Highmark Inc. in Pittsburgh, received the Jennie Carter Leadership Award from California University of Pennsylvania. The award is named after the university’s first black graduate.

Albert W. Gray Sr. received the Distinguished Service Award from the Wofford College National Alumni Association. Gray, a retired businessman, was the first black student at the South Carolina college and later served for 12 years as a member of the college’s board of trustees.