Two African American Women Receive Notable Honors From Higher Education Institutions

Phyllis Worthy Dawkins, president of Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, has received the Trailblazer Award from the Higher Education Leadership Foundation. She was recognized for her longstanding commitment to education and leadership development.

Dr. Dawkins is a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Michigan and a doctorate from Ohio State University.

George Mason University has announced that it will rename the largest building on its Science and Technology Campus in honor of NASA mathematician,  Katherine G. Johnson. She was an African American woman who performed complex calculations and flight path analysis for U.S. spacecraft in the early years of the space program, including for the Apollo 11 flight to the moon in 1969. Her trailblazing achievements were highlighted in the 2016 film, Hidden Figures. 

Johnson graduated from high school at the age of 14. She graduated summa cum laude from West Virginia State University at the age of 18 and earned bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and French.

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