Last week JBHE listed the 22 honorary degrees given to blacks by the nation’s top research universities. Now we turn our attention to the high-ranking liberal arts colleges.
The nation’s leading liberal arts colleges gave out 12 honorary degrees to blacks during this spring’s commencement season. Oberlin College was the only member of this group to give awards to two African Americans.
Here is a list of the honorands at the top liberal arts colleges:
• Kimmie Weeks, a native of Liberia, founded Youth Action International to support the needs of families living in post war countries in Africa.
• Evelynn M. Hammonds is dean of Harvard College.
• Adelaide M. Cromwell is a professor emerita of sociology at Boston University and founding director of its Afro-American studies program.
• Maria A. Scates is founder and CEO of Johnson Park Center in Utica, New York, which offers safe and supportive housing for homeless families.
• Dikembe Mutombo, former star in the National Basketball Association, has led many humanitarian efforts in Africa.
• Gwendolyn L. Ifill is managing editor and moderator for Washington Week and senior correspondent for The NewsHour on the Public Broadcasting System.
• Maxine Atkins Smith is a 47-year member and former executive secretary of the Memphis chapter of the NAACP.
• Helene D. Gayle is president and CEO of CARE USA, a leading international humanitarian organization with anti-poverty programs in nearly 70 countries.
• Bernice Johnson Reagon is professor emeritus of history at American University and curator emeritus at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
• Carrie Mae Weems is a photographer and filmmaker.
• Michael Battle is the United States Ambassador to the African Union.
• Cory A. Booker is mayor of Newark, New Jersey.