Honors and Awards

Ruby Dee, the well-known stage, screen, and television actress, has received the Harvard Foundation Humanitarian Award. She starred opposite Sidney Poitier in the 1961 film A Raisin in the Sun. Dee and her late husband Ossie Davis were active in the civil rights movement.

Derek Walcott, the Nobel Prize-winning poet and playwright, has been named the 2007 Janet Weis Fellow in Contemporary Letters at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Walcott will receive the award and give a lecture at ceremonies on the Bucknell campus this coming October.

Isaiah Sanders, composer, producer, and musician, has received the Achievement Award from the African-American Arts Institute at Indiana University. A graduate of Knox College, Sanders did graduate study in piano and jazz at Indiana University. He has performed instrumentals in studio work and on tour for Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, and other notable artists.

Albert Murray, the noted novelist and poet who is now 90 years old, has been presented with the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal from Harvard University’s  Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research.