Honors & Awards

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.

Honors or Awards for a Trio of African American Scholars

Honors or Awards for a Trio of African American Scholars

The honorees are David Crockett of the School of Business at the University of South Carolina, Anjelica Gonzalez of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and the late Carroll F.S. Hardy, a long-time administrator at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Freeman Hrabowski to Receive American Council on Education's Lifetime Achievement Award

Freeman Hrabowski to Receive American Council on Education’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Hrabowski has served as president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County since 1992. Over the course of his career, President Hrabowski has been a strong advocate for increasing opportunities for African American students in STEM disciplines.

Patricia Smith Wins the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award

Patricia Smith Wins the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award

Patricia Smith teaches in the English department at the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York System. The $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, given out by Claremont Graduate University in California, is the largest in the world for a single volume of poetry.

Trudier Harris Wins Nonfiction Writing Award From the University of Alabama

Trudier Harris Wins Nonfiction Writing Award From the University of Alabama

Trudier Harris, University Distinguished Research Professor of English at the University of Alabama, received the Clarence C. Cason Award in Nonfiction Writing from the journalism department at the university for her body of work on women and Black southern writers.

Three African American Men Honored With Prestigious Awards

Three African American Men Honored With Prestigious Awards

The honorees are Ernest E. Jeffries, associate dean of students at Davidson College, Robert Smith, a graduate of Tougaloo College who was a major figure in the civil rights movement, and Roscoe Mitchell of Mills College.

Berkeley's First Tenured Black Scholar Has a Building Named in His Honor

Berkeley’s First Tenured Black Scholar Has a Building Named in His Honor

Dr. David Blackwell, an accomplished statistician, joined the mathematics department at Berkeley in 1954 and stayed on the faculty there until retiring in 1988. In 1965, he was the first African American to be inducted into the National Academy of Sciences.

Syracuse University's Marcelle Haddix Wins Outstanding Book Award From AACTE

Syracuse University’s Marcelle Haddix Wins Outstanding Book Award From AACTE

Dr. Haddix is being honored for her book Cultivating Racial and Linguistic Diversity in Literacy Teacher Education: Teachers Like Me. Dr. Haddix will be honored at the association’s 70th annual meeting in Baltimore.

Johns Hopkins University Scholar Honored for Work to Promote Diversity in Nursing

Johns Hopkins University Scholar Honored for Work to Promote Diversity in Nursing

Phyllis Sharps, professor and associate dean for community programs and initiatives at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore, was named as the recipient of the Diversity in Nursing Award from Modern Healthcare.

Two Black Scholars Honored by State Universities

Two Black Scholars Honored by State Universities

Pamela Scott-Bracey of Mississippi State University, was named Collegiate Teacher of the Year by the Southern Business Education Association. Tennessee State University has announced that its multimedia newsroom will be named in honor of the late Getahn Ward, a long-time adjunct professor of journalism.

Reginald Rogers Named Educator of the Year by the National Society of Black Engineers

Reginald Rogers Named Educator of the Year by the National Society of Black Engineers

The Dr. Janice A. Lumpkin Educator of the Year Award from the National Society of Black Engineers is given annually to a collegiate faculty member who demonstrates commitment to advancing education in engineering, science or mathematics.

Kwame Dawes Names a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets

Kwame Dawes Names a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets

Kwame Dawes is Chancellor’s Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He will serve as a judge for the Academy’s largest prizes for poets and act as an ambassador of poetry in the world at large.

African American Scholar Wins National Book Award in Fiction

African American Scholar Wins National Book Award in Fiction

Jesmyn Ward is an associate professor of English at Tulane University. This is the second time she was won the National Book Award in fiction. In 2017, she was chosen as a MacArthur Fellow.