Notable Awards for Three African Americans

Derron Wallace, an assistant professor of education and sociology at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, received the Emerging Scholar Award from the African Diaspora Special Interest Group of the Comparative and International Education Society. He also received the most Outstanding Paper Award in International Education from the American Educational Research Association. He was honored for his paper, “Negotiating Girls’ Empowerment: Models of Assertive and Subversive Resistance in Rwanda’s Only Inclusive School.”

Dr. Wallace is a summa cum laude graduate of Wheaton College in Massachusetts. He earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge in England as a Marshall and Gates Cambridge Scholar.

Crystal A. George Mwangi, an assistant professor in the department of educational policy, research and administration at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, will receive the 2018 Innovative Research in International Education Award from NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

Dr. George Mwangi is a graduate of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. She holds a master’s degree from Florida State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Clyde Kennard was awarded a posthumous Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. Kennard was the first African-American student known to apply for admission to what is now the University of Southern Mississippi.

In 1955, Kennard applied for admission to what was then Mississippi Southern College and was denied. In 1959, he applied again and was rejected. In retaliation for challenging the rules of Jim Crow, Kennard was arrested and wrongly accused of the theft of $25 of chicken feed. After 10 minutes of deliberation, an all-White jury convicted Kennard and sentenced him to seven years in the state penitentiary. He died four years later from cancer.


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