Honors and Awards

• Richard Iton, associate professor of African-American studies at Northwestern University, received the Ralph J. Bunche Award from the American Political Science Association. The award is given to the best scholarly work in political science in the field of ethnic or cultural pluralism. Dr. Iton was honored for his book In Search of the Black Fantastic: Politics and Popular Culture in the Post Civil Rights Era (Oxford University Press).

• Ethel Jones, chair of the department of family and consumer sciences at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, received the Outstanding Family and Consumer Sciences Professional Award from the National Coalition for Black Development.

• Morehouse College, the historically black educational institution for men in Atlanta, was named Advocate of the Year by the U.S. Commerce Department’s Minority Business Development Agency for its work to promote entrepreneurship in the black community.

• The University of Arkansas has given its Silas Hunt Legacy Award to three black scholars. The award honors African Americans for their significant contributions to the community, state, and nation. Silas Hunt was the first black student at the University of Arkansas. The three black scholars who were honored this year are:

Johnetta Cross Brazzell, who recently retired as vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Arkansas;

Gerald Jordan, an associate professor in the department of journalism at the University of Arkansas; and

Lonnie Williams, associate vice chancellor for student affairs at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.