Honors & Awards

Notable Honors for Two African American Scholars

Notable Honors for Two African American Scholars

The Oakes College at the University of California, Santa Cruz will be renamed to honor emeritus professor and founding provost J. Herman Blake. Kesha Morant Williams of Pennsylvania State University is being recognized by the National Communication Association.

Brown University Renames Building to Honor Two Early Black Graduates

Brown University Renames Building to Honor Two Early Black Graduates

The J. Walter Wilson Building will now be known as Page-Robinson Hall in honor of Inman Edward Page, one of the first two Black graduates of Brown in 1877, and Ethel Tremaine Robinson, who became the first Black woman to graduate from Brown in 1905.

New Research Institute at the University of Ghana to Be Named for Yale's Lamin Sanneh

New Research Institute at the University of Ghana to Be Named for Yale’s Lamin Sanneh

The new research center, which will be formally inaugurated in early 2020, will focus on designing research projects on various topics on religion and society in Africa. Professor Sanneh taught at the University of Ghana from 1975 to 1978.

Princeton University's Wallace Best Wins Book Award From the American Academy of Religion

Princeton University’s Wallace Best Wins Book Award From the American Academy of Religion

Wallace Best, professor of religion and African American studies and associated faculty member in the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Princeton University, has received the 2018 American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion: Textual Studies.

A Trio of African American Women Honored With Prestigious Awards

A Trio of African American Women Honored With Prestigious Awards

The honorees are Valerie Kinloch, the Renee and Richard Goldman Dean of the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh, Menah Pratt-Clarke, vice president of strategic affairs and vice provost at Virginia Tech, and Andrea Scott, who teaches Spanish professor at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis.

Joseph Carter Corbin is a 2018 Inductee Into the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame

Joseph Carter Corbin is a 2018 Inductee Into the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame

The son of former Virginia slaves, Dr. Corbin was born in Chillicothe, Ohio, in 1833. He was the third African American to attend Ohio University and the second to complete a bachelor’s degree. He founded and led the educational institution now known as the University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff for 27 years.

Honors and Awards for Four Black Scholars or Administrators

Honors and Awards for Four Black Scholars or Administrators

The honorees are Lance R. Collins, dean of engineering at Cornell University, La’Kitha Hughes, a facilities administrator at Jackson State University in Mississippi, architect David Adjaye, who was honored by Washington University in St. Louis and Jackie Hankins-Kent of Temple University.

Three African American Women Receive Notable Honors or Awards

Three African American Women Receive Notable Honors or Awards

The late Wilma L. Moore of Indiana University Libraries has had a scholarship named in her honor. Lenora Helm Hammonds of North Carolina Central University was named Artist-in-Resident at the University of Pretoria and Talitha Washington of Howard University was honored by the Mathematical Association of America.

Condoleezza Rice to Be Honored by the American Political Science Association

Condoleezza Rice to Be Honored by the American Political Science Association

The announcement that Dr. Rice would be the recipient of the Hubert Humphrey Award has upset some members of the political science field. Over 130 scholars have signed a petition calling for the American Political Science Association to revoke Dr. Rice’s award.

Boston College Psychologist Janet E. Helms Honored With Two Lifetime Achievement Awards

Boston College Psychologist Janet E. Helms Honored With Two Lifetime Achievement Awards

Janet E. Helms, the Augustus Long Professor at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award in Counseling Psychology by the Society of Counseling Psychology and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race.

Two African American Women Named Fellows of the American Chemical Society

Two African American Women Named Fellows of the American Chemical Society

Amanda Bryant-Friedrich is the dean of College of Graduate Studies at the University of Toledo in Ohio and Malika Jeffries-EL is an associate professor in the chemistry department at Boston University.

Two African American Women at State Universities Receive Notable Honors

Two African American Women at State Universities Receive Notable Honors

Stephanie Adams, dean of engineering at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, received an award from the American Society of Engineering Education and Iris Rosa had the floor at the Indiana University dance studio named in her honor.

University of Georgia to Honor Mary Frances Early, Its First African American Graduate

University of Georgia to Honor Mary Frances Early, Its First African American Graduate

Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes were the first African American students to enroll at the University of Georgia in 1961. But Mary Frances Early was the first African American to earn a degree from the University of Georgia. The university will unveil an official portrait in October.

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.