Honors and Awards

Dorothy Inghram received the Lifetime Achievement in Educational Justice Award from University of Redlands in California. Inghram, now 105 years old, was was the first black teacher and the first black school principal in San Bernardino County. In 1953 she became the first African-American school district superintendent in the state of California.

Inghram is a 1936 graduate of the University of Redlands and 22 years later earned a master’s degree in education from the university.

She is the author of five books and is working on another. An elementary school and a branch of the public library in San Bernardio are named in her honor.

Tonea Stewart, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Alabama State University in Montgomery, will received the Living Legend Award at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on August 1. Dr. Stewart has appeared on stage, screen, and television. She is perhaps best known for her role on the television drama In the Heat of the Night.

Dean Stewart is a native of Greenwood, Mississippi. She earned a bachelor's degree at Jackson State University and a master's degree at the University of California at Santa Barbara. In 1989 she was awarded a Ph.D. in theater arts from Florida State University. She was the first African-American woman to receive a doctorate from the School of Theatre at Florida State.