John A. Davis, associate professor of African-American studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, received the Unsung Hero of the Year Award from KCET, the public television station in the city. Davis was honored for his work to establish the African-American studies department at the university and for mentoring minority students on the path to a career in higher education.

Frederick J. Streets, chaplain and senior pastor of Christ Church at Yale University, was given the African-American Trail Blazer Award by WTNH television in New Haven. The award is given to African Americans who "inspire others with their dedication to community service and social justice." The Reverend Streets is a graduate of Ottawa University and holds a master's degree in divinity from Yale. He also holds a master's degree and a doctorate in social work from Yeshiva University.