Honors and Awards for African Americans in Higher Education

barnwell2Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, director of the Museum of Fine Art at Spelman College in Atlanta, was selected as the recipient of the 2013 David C. Driskell Prize from the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. She will receive the award at a dinner in April. The award is given to an early career scholar or artist who has made an original and important contribution to the field of African American art or art history.

Dr. Brownlee is a graduate of Spelman College. She earned a Ph.D. in art history from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University has awarded Gerald H. Gaskin the First Book Prize in Photography. Gaskin was recognized for his photographs of African American and Latino ballroom dancing community. As winner of the prize, the photographs will appear in Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene, which will be published in November 2013 by Duke University Press.

A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Gaskin is a 1994 graduate of Hunter College in New York City.

bishoprobinson_1Coppin State University in Baltimore recently held a dedication ceremony for the Bishop L. Robinson Sr. Justice Institute on campus. The institute is named in honor of Baltimore’s first African American police commissioner.

Robinson earned a master’s degree in education at Coppin State in 1973.

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