Honors & Awards

Three Black Scholars Presented With Notable Awards

Three Black Scholars Presented With Notable Awards

Donald “DJ” Mitchell, Jr., professor of higher education leadership at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, Gina Athena Ulysse, professor of anthropology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, Kofi Lomotey, the Bardo Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership at Western Carolina University.

Justin Phillip Reed Wins 2018 National Book Award for Poetry

Justin Phillip Reed Wins 2018 National Book Award for Poetry

Justin Phillip Reed, a former junior writer-in-residence at Washington University in St. Louis, has received the 2018 National Book Award for Poetry. He is a graduate of Tusculum College in Greenville, Tennessee.

Lt. James R. Polkinghorne Honored with Historic Marker at Florida A&M University

Lt. James R. Polkinghorne Honored with Historic Marker at Florida A&M University

James R. Polkinghorne enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force right before his senior year at Florida A&M University. He completed pilot training at Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama and in 1944 was sent to Italy as a squadron leader. During a combat mission, his airplane went missing and its crew was never found.

Two African American Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

Two African American Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

The honorees are Monica Walker, dean of development education and special academic programs at the Community College of Baltimore County, and Brandon Gamble, dean of student success at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama.

Jeffrey Stewart Wins a National Book Award for His Biography of Alain Locke

Jeffrey Stewart Wins a National Book Award for His Biography of Alain Locke

Jeffrey C. Stewart is a professor in the department of Black studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He won the National Book Award for his biography of Harlem Renaissance leader and Rhodes Scholar Alain Locke.

Honors and Awards Bestowed on a Trio of African American Administrators in Higher Education

Honors and Awards Bestowed on a Trio of African American Administrators in Higher Education

The honorees are Franchon Glover, chief diversity officer at the College of Willliam and Mary, A. Eugene Washington, chancellor for health affairs and CEO of Duke University Health System, and Tony Allen, provost ane executive vice president at Delaware State University.

St. Cloud State University Names Academic Building After its First Black Graduate

St. Cloud State University Names Academic Building After its First Black Graduate

Ruby Cora Webster, the daughter of former slaves, was born in Ohio and moved with her family to St. Cloud, Minnesota, where she attended high school. Webster graduated from what is now St. Cloud State University in 1909 with a degree in elementary education.

West Virginia State University Honors Alumnus Earl Lloyd, the First Black Man to Play in the NBA

West Virginia State University Honors Alumnus Earl Lloyd, the First Black Man to Play in the NBA

Historically Black West Virginia State University will recognize Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame member and alumnus Earl Lloyd with the naming of a street on campus in his honor. The basketball legend passed away on February 26, 2015.

A Trio of African American Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

A Trio of African American Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

The honorees are Patrick T. Smith, an associate research professor at Duke Divinity School, Barbara Ransby, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Dawn Mellion-Patin, a vice chancellor at Southern University in Lousiana.

Honors or Awards for Five Black Scholars From the Academic World

Honors or Awards for Five Black Scholars From the Academic World

The honorees are Jerome H. Holland, former president of what is now Delaware State University, Tequila Harris of the Georgia Institute of Technology, Zachery S. Mitcham of North Carolina Central University, Taiyon J. Coleman of St. Catherine University in Minnesota, and Eric Yirenkyi Danquah, who is affiliated with Cornell University.

Princeton University's Tera Hunter Wins Book Awards From the American Historical Association

Princeton University’s Tera Hunter Wins Book Awards From the American Historical Association

Tera W. Hunter, the Edwards Professor of History and professor of African American studies at Princeton University in New Jersey, has been awarded the Joan Kelly Memorial Prize in women’s history and/or feminist theory as well as the Littleton-Griswold Prize in U.S. law and society from the American Historical Association.

Recent Honors and Awards for African Americans in Higher Education

Recent Honors and Awards for African Americans in Higher Education

Here is a listing of a group of African Americans in higher education who have been honored by colleges and universities or who have received notable awards from other organizations.

University of North Carolina at Asheville Honors Two Black Faculty Couples

University of North Carolina at Asheville Honors Two Black Faculty Couples

The University of North Carolina at Asheville has announced that it will rename the Humanities Lecture Hall to honor two African American couples who were among the first Black faculty members at the university.

Aaron Oforlea Wins Award from the College Language Association for His Debut Book

Aaron Oforlea Wins Award from the College Language Association for His Debut Book

Aaron N. Oforlea, an associate professor in the English department at Washington State University, has won the Creative Scholarship Award from the College Language Association. The international honor recognizes excellence in literary criticism.

Notable Honors for Two African American Scholars

Notable Honors for Two African American Scholars

The Oakes College Provost House 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.