Two African American Men Honored With Prestigious Awards

John Watson, an associate professor in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C., was selected to receive the Ida B. Welles Award from the National Association of Black Journalists. The award is given to individuals “who make exceptional efforts to make the journalism profession more diverse.”

Dr. Watson is a graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where he majored in journalism. He holds a juris doctorate from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Andrew Young, the civil rights leader and former mayor of Atlanta and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, has been selected to receive the Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage from the Georgia Institute of Technology. The prize includes a $100,000 award that is funded by an endowment presented to the university by the Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Foundation. Ambassador Young will be honored in Atlanta on September 13.

Young is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C., and the Hartford Theological Seminary in Connecticut.

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