Honors for Four Black Educators

Tricia Bent-Goodley, chair of the Community, Administration, and Policy Practice Sequence at the Howard University School of Social Work, received an award for Distinguished Recent Contributions in Social Work from the Council on Social Work Education. Dr. Bent-Goodley was honored for her book, The Ultimate Betrayal: A Renewed Look at Intimate Partner Violence (NASW Press, 2011). She is the third African American to win the award.

Dr. Bent-Goodley holds a master of social work degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in social policy, planning, and analysis from Columbia University.

Unoma Azuah, assistant professor of English at Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee, was awarded the 2011 Aidoo-Syner Book Prize from the Women’s Caucus of the African Studies Association. Azuah was honored for her books The Length of Light and Sky High Flames.

Azuah is a graduate of the University of Nigeria at Nsukka. She holds a master’s degree from Cleveland State University and a master of fine arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Amos Sawyer, a research associate with the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University, was presented with the 2011 Gusi Peace Prize from the Gusi Peace Prize Foundation in Manilla, the Philippines. The award is given to individuals who work for peace and respect for human life and dignity.

Sawyer was awarded for his effort to promote peace and democracy in his native country of Liberia. He served as interim president of Liberia and was a professor and dean at the University of Liberia. Dr. Sawyer holds a Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University.

Bernadette Gray-Little, chancellor of the University of Kansas, received the William Richardson Davie Award from the board of trustees of the University of North Carolina. The award is the highest honor given to alumni or faculty by the university’s board of trustees.

Dr. Gray-Little is a graduate of Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Saint Louis University. She joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina in 1971 and rose to the positions of dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, executive vice chancellor, and provost.

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