Honors & Awards

College of the Holy Cross Scholar Wins Book Award From the World History Association

College of the Holy Cross Scholar Wins Book Award From the World History Association

Lorelle Semley, an associate professor of history at th College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, will share the Bentley Book Prize from the World History Association. Dr. Semley’s book, described by a reviewer as a “staple of reading lists for years to come,” explores the meaning of citizenship for French colonial subjects of African descent.

Oakwood University's Aeolians Triumph at the World Choir Games

Oakwood University’s Aeolians Triumph at the World Choir Games

The Aeolians Choir of Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, has performed throughout the world and has achieved tremendous success in national and international competitions. They recently added three gold medals from the World Choir Games to their trophy case.

University of Arkansas Scholar Edits Journal Issue on Developing Human Resources

University of Arkansas Scholar Edits Journal Issue on Developing Human Resources

Claretha Hughes, an associate professor of human resource and workforce development at the University of Arkansas, was honored by being selected to be the editor of the August issue of the journal Advances in Developing Human Resources.

Two African American Men Honored With Prestigious Awards

Two African American Men Honored With Prestigious Awards

John Watson, an associate professor at American University in Washington, D.C., was honored by the National Association of Black Journalists and civil rights icon and former U.N. ambassador and mayor of Atlanta Andrew Young, will be honored by the Georgia Institute of Technology.

James Meredith to Be Inducted Into the Alumni Hall of Fame at Ole Miss

James Meredith to Be Inducted Into the Alumni Hall of Fame at Ole Miss

In October 1962, James Meredith became the first African American to enroll at the University of Mississippi. Rioting occurred on campus resulting in two deaths. Now Meredith is receiving the highest honored bestowed by the Ole Miss Alumni Association.

Two Black Women Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

Two Black Women Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

The honorees are Erin Berry-McCrea, a lecturer in the department of communications at Towson University in Maryland and Renee A. Middleton, dean of the College of Education at Ohio University in Athens.

Two African American Women Honored With Prestigious Awards

Two African American Women Honored With Prestigious Awards

The honorees are Alicia Nails, a lecturer in the department of communication at Wayne State University in Detroit, and Carolyn B. Murray, a professor of psychology at the University of California Riverside.

The First Black Woman Inducted Into the National Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame

The First Black Woman Inducted Into the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame

Rene Revis Shingles, a professor in the School of Rehabilitation and Medical Sciences at Central Michigan University, was elected into the Hall of Fame of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. She is the first African American woman to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

University of Missouri Names Building After a Black Woman It Had Rejected for Admission in 1939

University of Missouri Names Building After a Black Woman It Had Rejected for Admission in 1939

In 1939, Lucile Bluford, who had worked as a journalist for several newspapers, applied for admission to the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She was accepted for admission but later was turned away when university officials saw the color of her skin.

M. Shawn Copeland Honored for a Lifetime of Distinguished Theological Achievement

M. Shawn Copeland Honored for a Lifetime of Distinguished Theological Achievement

M. Shawn Copeland, professor of theology at Boston College, received the John Courtney Murray Award from the Catholic Theological Society of America. She is the first African American to receive the award.

New Scholarship at Vanderbilt University Honors Rev. James Lawson

New Scholarship at Vanderbilt University Honors Rev. James Lawson

Rev. James M. Lawson Jr. was a leading figure in the civil rights movement and an associate of Martin Luther King Jr. The new scholarships will be given to students from underrepresented groups who have shown a commitment to civil rights and social justice.

Johns Hopkins University Scholar Wins the $50,000 Hiett Prize in the Humanities

Johns Hopkins University Scholar Wins the $50,000 Hiett Prize in the Humanities

Chris Lebron, an associate professor of philosophy, is the winner of the award that recognizes “ascending” scholars whose are “devoted to the humanities and whose work shows extraordinary promise to have a significant impact on contemporary culture.”

Two African American Scholars Receive Prestigious Honors

Two African American Scholars Receive Prestigious Honors

Walter E. Massey, who served as president of Morehouse College in Atlanta, is the first living alumnus of the college to have an endowed chair named in his honor. Sheridan Quarless Kingsberry, associate professor at Delaware State University, was named the 2018 Delaware Social Worker of the Year.

Two African American Scholars Honored With Notable Awards

Two African American Scholars Honored With Notable Awards

The honorees are Henry Talley, dean of the School of Nursing at Florida A&M University, and Laverne Lewis Gaskins, senior legal advisor at Augusta University in Georgia.

Framingham State University to Honor Its First Black Graduate

Framingham State University to Honor Its First Black Graduate

Mary Miles Bibb graduated from the Massachusetts State Normal School in Lexington in 1843, The school later became Framingham State University. The university plans to name a residence hall in her honor.

Beverly Daniel Tatum Honored for Lifetime Achievement in Equal Opportunity and Diversity

Beverly Daniel Tatum Honored for Lifetime Achievement in Equal Opportunity and Diversity

Beverly Daniel Tatum, who served as president of Spelman College in Atlanta from 2002 to 2015, has been selected to receive the Arthur A. Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association for Access, Equity, and Diversity.

Oberlin College to Name Its Main Library to Honor Mary Church Terrell

Oberlin College to Name Its Main Library to Honor Mary Church Terrell

Mary Church Terrell, was born in in 1863, the daughter of former slaves. She graduated from Oberlin College in 1884 and went on to become an educator, author, civil rights leader, and feminist activist.

Notable Awards for Three African Americans

Notable Awards for Three African Americans

The honorees are Derron Wallace, an assistant professor at Brandeis University, Crystal A. George Mwangi, an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts, and Clyde Kennard, the first Black student to seek admission at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Tennessee State University to Establish the Dr. Levi Watkins Jr. Memorial Institute

Tennessee State University to Establish the Dr. Levi Watkins Jr. Memorial Institute

The new initiative to honor Dr. Watkins at Tennessee State will have several components; an endowed scholarship fund for pre-med students, a lecture series on health care and STEM education, and on-campus societies to aid pre-med and STEM students.

Kara Walker Elected to Membership of the American Philosophical Society

Kara Walker Elected to Membership of the American Philosophical Society

This year the American Philosophical Society granted membership to 27 individuals. Of these, it appears that only one of the new members is an African American: Kara Walker, who holds the Tepper Family Chair in Visual Arts at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Two HBCUs Recognize African Americans by Naming Auditoriums in Their Honor

Two HBCUs Recognize African Americans by Naming Auditoriums in Their Honor

The honorees are Carver Randle Sr., a practicing attorney who is a long-time supporter and former special assistant to the president of Mississippi Valley State University, and Wayne J. Riley former president of Meharry Medical College, who now serves as president of SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn.

Princeton's Tera Hunter Wins Book Award From the Organization of American Historians

Princeton’s Tera Hunter Wins Book Award From the Organization of American Historians

Tera W. Hunter, a professor of history and African American studies at Princeton University in New Jersey, has been awarded the Mary Nickliss Prize in U.S. Women’s and/or Gender History from the Organization of American Historians.

Three Black Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

Three Black Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

The honorees are Esther Ngumbi, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois, Gerald Williams, interim director of the Division of Diversity and Inclusion at Valdosta State University in Georgia, and Ismail H. Abdullahi, an associate professor of library science at North Carolina Central University in Durham.

A Trio of Black Women Scholars Honored With Notable Awards

A Trio of Black Women Scholars Honored With Notable Awards

The honorees are Gloria Billingsley of Jackson State University in Mississippi, Sandra McGee of the School of Social Work at the University of Iowa, and Janice Jackson of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Henry Louis Gates Jr. Awarded the 2018 Creativity Laureate Prize

Henry Louis Gates Jr. Awarded the 2018 Creativity Laureate Prize

Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University, was honored recently at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Tulane's Jesmyn Ward to Receive the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Fiction

Tulane’s Jesmyn Ward to Receive the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Fiction

Jesmyn Ward, an associate professor of English at Tulane University in New Orleans, will receive the fiction award at the 83rd Annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Award ceremony in Cleveland this September. She is the only woman to win two National Book Awards.

Saint Louis University Honors the Late Black Scholar Norman White

Saint Louis University Honors the Late Black Scholar Norman White

Saint Louis University in Missouri has announced that it is establishing the Norman A. White Lecture that will present speakers “who embody the spirit of and commitment to social justice possessed by the late Saint Louis University faculty member.” Dr. White died last December at the age of 64.

Shane McCrae to Receive the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Poetry

Shane McCrae to Receive the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Poetry

Shane McCrae is an assistant professor of writing in the School of the Arts at Columbia University in New York City. McCrae joined the faculty at Columbia University in 2017 after teaching for three years at Oberlin College in Ohio.

Donna Y. Ford of Vanderbilt University Recognized for Her Diversity Efforts in Gifted Education

Donna Y. Ford of Vanderbilt University Recognized for Her Diversity Efforts in Gifted Education

Dr. Ford teaches in the department of special education and holds a joint appointment in the department of teaching and learning at Vanderbilt. She holds the Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair at the university’s Peabody College of education and human development.

Oregon State University Honors African American Novelist Colson Whitehead

Oregon State University Honors African American Novelist Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead has been selected to receive the 2019 Stone Award for Literacy Achievement from Oregon State University. The award is presented to an American author who has created a body of critically acclaimed work and has been a mentor to young writers.

Three African American Women Scholars Receive Prestigious Awards

Three African American Women Scholars Receive Prestigious Awards

The honorees are Zakiya Holmes Leggett of North Carolina State University, Cynthia Nance of the University of Arkansas School of Law, and Wanda Heading-Grant of the University of Vermont.

Tulane University's Jesmyn Ward Nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award in Fiction

Tulane University’s Jesmyn Ward Nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award in Fiction

The five finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award in fiction have been announced by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation in Washington, D.C. One of the five finalists is an African American: Jesmyn Ward, an associate professor of creative writing at Tulane University in New Orleans.

University of Oklahoma Names an Academic Department to Honor Clara Luper

University of Oklahoma Names an Academic Department to Honor Clara Luper

The University of Oklahoma has announced that it is recognizing educator and civil rights leader Clara Luper by naming the department of African and African American studies in her honor. Known as the “Mother of the Oklahoma Civil Rights Movement,” she taught high school history for 41 years.

University of Montana Honors an Early Black Faculty Member

University of Montana Honors an Early Black Faculty Member

Gloria Hewitt taught at the University of Montana for 38 years and was one of the first African American women to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics. A scholarship for graduate students in mathematics has been established at the university in her name.

Fannone Jeffers Wins the 2018 Harper Lee Award From the Alabama Writers' Forum

Fannone Jeffers Wins the 2018 Harper Lee Award From the Alabama Writers’ Forum

Fanonne Jeffers, a tenured full professor of creative writing at the University of Oklahoma, will receive the honor during a gala dinner at the Alabama Writers Symposium in Monroeville, Alabama, on April 19.

Notable Awards for Three African American Faculty Members

Notable Awards for Three African American Faculty Members

The three honorees are Faye Belgrave, University Professor of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, Aldon Morris, who holds an endowed chair at Northwestern University, and Jeremy Winston, an assistant professor of music and chorus director at Central State University in Ohio.