Honors and Awards

• Valerie Cunningham, coordinator of the Community Black Heritage Partnerships at the University of New Hampshire, was honored as a Restore America Hero by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Cunningham was honored for her work restoring the first black church in Portsmouth and Rock Rest, a boarding home for African-American tourists in Kittery, Maine, dating back to the 1940s.

• Hananie Albert, a student at the University of Florida, was awarded a $34,000 Beinecke Scholarship for graduate study. Hananie, who will graduate next spring with a triple major in anthropology, English, and French, plans to study for a doctorate in African-American studies.

• Jerry Williams, associate professor of horticulture at Virginia Tech, received the 2008 Teaching Fellow Award from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture.

• Nagatha Tonkins, assistant professor of journalism at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, received the Journalism Educator of the Year award from the National Association of Black Journalists.