Honors and Awards

• Wilhelmina Jakes and the late Carrie Patterson, two Florida A&M University students in 1956 who initiated a city-wide boycott in Tallahassee to protest racial segregation on city buses, had a street named in their honor. Jennings Street, where the two women lived while attending Florida A&M, was renamed Jakes & Patterson Street.

• Ulysses S. Washington, retired chair of the department of agriculture and natural resources at Delaware State University, was inducted into the George Washington Carver Public Service Hall of Fame during the annual Professional Agriculture Workers Conference at Tuskegee University.

• Julian Bond, professor of history at the University of Virginia, received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the North Carolina chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Bond also serves as the national chair of the NAACP.

• Sylvia T. Bozeman, professor of mathematics and director of the Center for Scientific Applications of Mathematics at Spelman College in Atlanta, received the 2008 Mentor Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Professor Bozeman is a graduate of Alabama A&M University. She holds a master’s degree from Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Emory University.

The eight black students who in 1959 racially integrated the University of Memphis were collectively given the Arthur S. Holman Lifetime Achievement Award from the university’s Black Student Association. The Memphis Eight, as they were called, were not permitted to live on campus, eat in the university’s cafeteria, or attend social or sporting events.

Today 35 percent of the university’s student body is black.