• Henry Louis Gates Jr., Fletcher University Professor and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research at Harvard University, received the Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement in African and African-American Scholarship from the National Arts Club.

• Deryl F. Bailey, associate professor of counseling and human development in the College of Education at the University of Georgia, was honored by the Georgia chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives for his founding of the Empowered Youth project which provides tutoring and guidance for youths from kindergarten through high school.

• Joseph Monroe, dean of the college of engineering at North Carolina A&T State University, received the Distinguished Former Student Award from the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. Monroe was the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in computer science from Texas A&M.

• Evelyn Gates, a former oil company executive who now teaches kindergarten in Texas, was awarded the Dartmouth Prize for Exceptional Teaching. Graduating seniors at Dartmouth College may nominate one of their former K-12 teachers for the award. The award comes with a $3,000 cash prize.

• Kevin Quashie, chair of the department of Afro-American studies at Smith College, was awarded the Kathleen Compton Sherrerd and John J.F. Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching. The award is given to Smith College faculty members who have compiled “distinguished teaching records and demonstrated enthusiasm and excellence.”

• John Mayes, director of sports medicine and athletic trainer at Prairie View A&M University in Texas, received the Bill Chisolm Professional Service Award from the National Athletic Trainer’s Association’s Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee.

A graduate of Texas Southern University, Mayes holds a master’s degree from Prairie View A&M.

• Lucille Clifton, distinguished professor of humanities at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, received the 2007 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from the Poetry Foundation. The award comes with a $100,000 cash prize. Professor Clifton is the first African-American woman to win the award.