Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington and his wife Pauletta received the Frederick D. Patterson Award from the United Negro College Fund. The award was given in recognition of the couple’s work to enhance the nation’s historically black colleges and universities.

Marshall D. Banks received the 2008 Founders Day Award from Morehead State University in Kentucky. In 1958 Banks was the first African American to be awarded an athletic scholarship to the university. Later he was the first black coach at the school.

Banks is currently a professor in the department of health, human performance, and leisure studies at Howard University. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois.

Rita S. Geier, associate to the chancellor at the University of Tennessee, was given the Lifetime Achievement Award at the second annual African-American Image Awards sponsored by the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. In 1968 Geier filed a lawsuit seeking an end to racially segregated higher education in Tennessee.

Grammy Award-winning jazz musician Herbie Hancock was named Artist of the Year by the Harvard University Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations.