Four African Americans Receive Distinguished Honors

Cheryl Kirk-Duggan, professor of religion at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, received the 2011 Academy of Women Award from the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA). In addition to teaching, Professor Kirk-Duggan is a singer, author, and ordained minister.

Dr. Kirk-Duggan earned a bachelor’s degree in voice and piano at the University of Southwestern Louisiana. She holds a master’s degree in voice from the University of Texas at Austin and a master of divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Texas. She earned a Ph.D. in religion at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

Cynthia E. Nance, the Nathan G. Gordon Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas, has been chosen to receive the Spirit of Excellence Award from the American Bar Association. She will receive the award at the ABA mid-year meeting in New Orleans on February 4, 2012. Professor Nance is being honored for her efforts to promote diversity in the legal profession.

Professor Nance, who served as dean of the University of Arkansas School of Law from 2006 to 2011, is a graduate of Chicago State University. She earned her law degree and a master’s degree in finance from the University of Iowa.

Bobby Wilson, the L. Lloyd Woods Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and the Shell Oil Endowed Professor of Environmental Toxicology at Texas Southern University in Houston, will receive the 2011 Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He will receive the award at the AAAS annual convention in Vancouver in February.

Dr. Wilson is a graduate of Alabama State University in Montgomery.  He holds a master’s degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Michigan State University.

Floyd Little, special assistant to the athletics director at Syracuse University, has been selected to receive the Distinguished American Award from the Walter Camp Foundation. Little who is a member of the National Football League Hall of Fame, will receive the honor at the foundation’s 45th annual banquet at Yale University on January 14.

The Walter Camp Distinguished American award is presented each year to “an individual who has utilized his or her talents to attain great success in business, private life or public service and who may have accomplished that which no other has done. He or she may have a record of dedication to mankind that should not pass unrecognized and a life that has been dedicated to the preservation of the American ideal.”

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