Honors and Awards for Five African Americans With Ties to Academia

Torina D. Lewis, an assistant professor of mathematics at Clark Atlanta University, received the 2017 Vulcan Teaching Excellence Award from Vulcan Materials Company. The award is administered by the Georgia Independent College Association and is given to the faculty member who demonstrates strong scholarship in the classroom while providing leadership and support in other areas of campus life.

Dr. Lewis holds a master’s degree in mathematics from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Mississippi.

Hank Aaron, a member of baseball’s Hall of Fame, is being recognized by the University of Notre Dame, by having a scholarship program named in his honor. The Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Scholarships will be awarded to students from socioeconomically disadvantaged students and to students from underrepresented groups at the university.

Aaron was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Notre Dame in 2005.

Charles Ogletree, the Jesse Climenko Professor and vice dean for clinical programs at Harvard Law School received the Lux Award from the Greater Boston Morehouse College Alumni Association. Professor Ogletree is the co-author of Life Without Parole: America’s New Death Penalty? (NYU Press, 2012).

Professor Ogletree earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from Stanford University. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

Thomas J. Freeman, professor and debate team head coach emeritus at Texas Southern University in Houston, received the Phoenix Award from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

Professor Freeman joined the faculty at what is now Texas Southern University in 1949.

Wilma Harper Horne, a long-time benefactor of Hampton University, has had the new science building on campus named in her honor. The Wilma Harper Horne Science & Technology Hall was dedicated on September 22.

Horne earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in mathematics education from Hampton University. After teaching in the public schools, she became an information technology executive for Xerox, Unisys, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Over the years she has contributed more than $1 million to Hampton University.



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  1. Kevin Arthur Rolle, Ph.D. says:

    Outstanding contributions to the academy by these proving academicians.

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