Photo of the Black Heritage Award statues.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Ten members of the Northeastern Illinois University community were honored during the 18th Annual Black Heritage Awards ceremony on Feb. 28 at the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies (CCICS).

The Black Heritage Awards Ceremony program was developed and planned by members of the Black Heritage Committee that included staff, faculty and students. The Sankofa statues/awards that were presented to the recipients were crafted by Assistant Professor of Art KT Duffy and their student, James Welch, at the request of the committee. The event was co-hosted by the Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs and the Black Heritage Committee.

This year’s honorees were:

Destiny Davis, Project Success Student
Student Leadership Award

Eric Winslow, Social Work Major, SGA Vice President, Black Caucus President
The Dr. Wamucii Njogu Outstanding Student Award

Queen Mother Helen Sinclair ’84, retired chaplain, Illinois Department of Corrections
Alumni Award of Excellence

Sherry Williams ’17, Founder, Bronzeville Historical Society
Alumni Award of Excellence

Darlene Blackburn, Dancer, Choreographer, Educator
Community Service Award of Excellence

Nekenya Walker, Admissions and Program Advisor, Carruthers Center
The Dr. Sheena L. Warren Staff Award of Excellence

Amie Jatta, Director, TRIO
Administrator Award of Excellence

Courtney Francis, Instructor, TESOL
Faculty Award of Excellence

Dr. Marshall Thompson, Associate Provost, Academic Affairs
The Dr. Melvin Cleveland Terrell Award in Research and Literature

Theophilus “TY” Okosun, Faculty, Justice Studies
The William “Doc” Speller Lifetime Achievement Award