Black History in the Making 2018

March 23, 2018

On February 28, the Department of African American Studies honored the 46 recipients of the 2018 Black History in the Making Award at a ceremony that was held in the Depot on the Monroe Park Campus. 

This year, there were 46 recipients, believed to be a record number. Recipients were selected from departments and programs from all corners of VCU. The Black History in the Making award was founded in 1983 by Dr. Daryl Dance. The award honors outstanding students who have made a difference and shown great promise. Recipients typically possess a record of academic excellence, are passionate about making the world a better place, and are highly engaged in academic, extracurricular, and volunteer activities. Each January, the Department of African American Studies invites departments to select recipients. The process is culminated by an award ceremony held in February to coincide with Black History Month.

AFAM faculty member Dr. Chioke I’Anson was master of ceremonies. The awards were presented by department chairs and faculty from the recipients' programs.

 

The 2018 Black History in the Making Recipients: 

Renee Adonteng (Mathematics and Applied Mathematics)

Lois Akinola (Chemistry)

Fadel Allassan (Political Science)

Chino Amobi (Graphic Design)

Johannes James Barfield (Photography and Film)

Hilton Bennett (da Vinci Center)

Sophia Booker (School of Social Work—Bachelor of Social Work)

Asia Bracey (Forensic Science)

Ayana Braxton (VCU Globe)

Kevin Britton (Political Science)

Troy Carter (School of Education)

Saleana Copeland (Forensic Science)

Xenia Cornick (School of Social Work—Master of Social Work)

Crystal Douglas (Robertson School—Advertising)

Mona Elrayah (Wilder School—Master of Public Administration)

Ashley Forney (Chemistry)

Joy Gilchrist (Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies)

Brianna Green (Interdisciplinary Studies)

Corey Herrington (Mathematics and Applied Mathematics)

Antwan Hoy (Wilder School—Urban and Regional Studies)

Chelsea Jackson (Robertson School—Journalism)

Taylor Jenkins (Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies)

Casey Johnson (African American Studies)

Taleya Johnson (Art Foundation)

Courtney Jones (History—recipient of the History Department’s W.E.B. Du Bois Award)

Ariel Lawrence (English)

Marteka McGuire (Patient Counseling)

Destiny Moore (Robertson School—Public Relations)

Destinee Moragne (da Vinci Center)

Abdulhamid Nur (Health Administration)

Jada Perez (English)

Christian Renner-Thomas (Craft and Material Studies)

DeAudrea Sha Rich (Graphic Design)

Tennisha Riley (Psychology)

Akea Robinson (Psychology)

Michael Scott (Wilder School—Criminal Justice)

Jada Smith (Wilder School—Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness)

Reyna Smith (VCU Globe)

Ashley Spratley (School of Social Work—Master of Social Work)

Reginald Lamont Stroble (School of Education—Educational Leadership)

Jelani Taylor (Dance and Choreography)

Alicia Thompson (School of Social Work—Master of Social Work)

Camerun Washington (Genetic Counseling)

Paris Watson (Chemistry)

Diamond Welton-Boxley (Mathematics and Applied Mathematics)

Mariah Williams (Wilder School—Urban and Regional Studies)

 

Chioke I'Anson speaking at the 2018 Black History in the Making ceremony

Chioke I'Anson, PhD speaks at the 2018 Black History in the Making ceremony

Elizabeth Farmer presents the Black History in the Making award to Sophia Booker

Elizabeth Farmer, PhD of the School of Social Work presents the Black History in the Making award to Sophia Booker

Jeffrey L. Wilson presents the Black History in the Making award to Reginald Lamont Stroble

Jeffrey L. Wilson, PhD of the School of Education presents the Black History in the Making award to Reginald Lamont Stroble

The 2018 Black History in the Making award ceremony

The 2018 Black History in the Making ceremony

Troy Carter at the 2018 Black History in the Making ceremony

Troy Carter