Awards & Winners
UMBA Leonard F. Sain Esteemed Alumni Award
Dr. Leonard F. Sain was one of the earliest and foremost African American educators in Michigan. He has a historically significant career as one of the first African Americans in the field of educational administration in the Detroit Public School system. Dr. Sain was an educator and a leader, who left a legacy of human service and achievement. The Leonard F. Sain Esteemed Alumni Award is given each year to someone who, like Dr. Sain, has shown outstanding achievements and service in their field of human endeavor.
All awardees have attended the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Dearborn or Flint campus) for at least one semester, demonstrate extraordinary interest and/or commitment to Black students at the University through outreach efforts, recruitment or supportive interest over a period of years,
Honorees exhibit distinguished service or accomplishment in any field of human endeavor and/or provide unusual and singular contributions to the development of the cultural and/or spiritual life of any community.
1991 Hon. Geraldine Bledsoe Ford
1992 Reginald McKenzie
1993 Myron Wahls
1994 Saul Green
1995 Carole Simpson
1996 Joann Watson
1997 Hon.Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick
1998 Ronald Thompson
1999 Pamela Rodgers
2000 Tom Goss
2001 Godfrey Dillard& Charles Beckham
2002 Hon. Cynthia Stephens
2003 Keith W. Cooley
2004 Hon. Wade McCree, Jr.
1977 Hon. George W. Crockett, Jr.
1978 The Baker Family
1979 Dr. Alvin D. Loving
1980 Dr. Barbara S. Anderson
1981 Dr. Robert L. Marion
1982 Dr. Donald H. Godbold
1983 Prof. Willis C. Patterson
1984 Lenoir B. Steward
1985 William T. Patrick, Jr.
1986 Dr. Donald Deskins, Jr.
1987 Dr. Margaret Grigsby
1988 Dr. Harriette Pipes McAdoo
1989 Dr. Benjamin Carson
1990 Dr. Alexa Canady
2005 Hon. Harold Hood
2006 Dr. Charles Adams
2007 Jeron T. Campbell
2008 Dr. John Matlock
2009 William Collins, PhD
2010 Carol Goss
2011 Jean Fairfax, Aaron Dworkin, and Nicole Lamb-Hale
2012 Raynard S. Kington
2013 Rev. Barbara Berry-Bailey
2014 Beverly Tatum
2015 Beverly G. Jones
2016: Dr. Lee Jones & Lola Jones
Five Under Ten Young Alumni Recognition Award
This award is bestowed annually to five recent U-M graduates for their professional achievements and/or contributions to the community-at-large. In order to be recognized for the “Five Under Ten” award, an alumnus must have received an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan within the last ten years.
These young alumni symbolize the hope we all hold for our future. In recognizing them, we encourage their continued success in their careers and outreach activities. You may nominate more than one person for this award. Recipients will be recognized during the 39th Annual Reunion of Black Graduates hosted by the U-M Black Alumni the weekend of October 8th-11th, 2015 in Ann Arbor, MI.
Past Five Under Ten Winners
2006: Megan Pitts, Jason Wood, Palencia Mobley, Larry Brinker Jr., Toni Webb
2007: Sterling R. Howard, Brian V. Rhodes, Marcus Collins, Michael N. Berger, Ebony Kelley
2009: Regina Jai Webb, John L. Williams II, Jason Timothy Robinson, Chantal R. Cotton, Kristen M.J. Harris
2010: Daniella D. Borum, Christian-Bethany Reed, Nicholas Robinson, Travis T. Townsend, Lamar Willis
2011: Barika M. Butler, Erroll S. Gardner, Evette Hollins, Kurt Johnson, Dayna J. Le Platte
2012: Jade A. Burns, Aisha E. Chappell, Robynne A. Henry, Adrian J. Walker, Tiffany C. Williams
2013: Tiffani Abrams, Monique Claiborne. Brian Frey, Ramone Reese
2014: Portia Jackson PhD, Ayana Richardson, Kelly E. Slay, Kyra Watts, Marcus Williams
2015: Ash Arder, Caleb Moss, James Logan, Seun Phillips, David Merritt
2016: Darren Craddieth; Justin Washington; Josie Hall - Morris; Marcus Burrel; Nina Idemudia
Making a difference (m.a.d.) award
The "Making A Difference (M.A.D.)" Award honors alum who have made significant contributions to their community and or career through their time, actions, talents and dedication. This award breaks into categories such as Law, Education, Social Action and many more to show that our black alumni are truly apart of the Michigan difference by affecting change. In order to be recognized for the "M.A.D." Award, an alum must be a graduate from any school, college or division of the University of Michigan.
Past M.A.D. Award Winners
2015: Erika James PhD; Betty Brown-Chappell, PhD; LMSW, Brandy R. McMillion Esq.; Rodney A. Brown; LaQuandra S. Nesbitt, MD, MPH; Ruth C. Browne, SCD; David Harris; Jenny Lee;
2016: Ugochi Emenaha; Judge Paula Humphries; Gail Patterson; Riana Anderson; Danielle Jolie Dale; Rev. Horace Sheffield III
More Notable UMBA
James Earl Jones
(1955, HHLD 1970)
American Actor, known for his portrayal of roles such as Darth Vader in Star Wars & Mufasa in Disney's Lion King.
Senior advisor to President Obama and assistant to the President for public engagement and intergovernmental affairs.
Mary Frances Berry
(PhD 1966, JD 1970, HHLD 1997)
Former chair for the Commission on Civil Rights under President Jimmy Carter.
Amalya Lyle Kearse
Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Senior judge on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, she was the first woman to sit on the Federal Appeals Court in Manhattan
Competed as Miss District of Columbia in the 2002 Miss America Competition
American broadcast journalist, news anchor, and author; Simpson became the first minority woman to moderate a presidential debate when she moderated the debate held between George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Ross Perot, at Richmond, Virginia, in 1992.
(BS 1971, MD 1975)
First female and first African-American to pursue a residency in neurology; first African-American woman certified as a diplomate by the American Board of Neurological Surgery.
Syndicated columnist for the Washington Post.
David Allen Grier
An American actor and comedian known for his work on the sketch comedy television show In Living Color.