• The Africana Studies program offers two annual awards.
  • The Anna Julia Cooper, Cheikh Anta-Diop, W.E.B. DuBois Award for Academic Excellence in African American Studies
    Given to an Africana Studies major or minor who demonstrates an exemplary combination of significant scholarship, at least a 3.1 average in African American Studies, and service to the college and larger community.

    Previous Winners
    1997 Edward R. Deitz, Jr. and Marlene D. Warner
    1998 Dana M. Madison
    1999 Bev-Freda L. Jackson
    2000 Rebecca M. Hildebran
    2001 Justin D. Arnold and Benjamin Stoltenberg
    2002 Lauren A. Hildebrand
    2003 Meghan Paul-Cook 2010 Lawrese E. Brown
    2004 Stacey Turner
    2005 Kenneth Willians Jr.
    2007 Simon D. Jones
    2008 Aaron M. Hurd
    2009 Jeffrey T. Monsma
    2010 Lawrese E. Brown
    2011 Rachel L. Rutter
    2012 Kirsty Chantal Bryant-Hassler
    2013 Lauren H. Roedner
    2014 Alexandra K. Milano
    2015 Rashida Aluko-Roberts
    2016 Erin M. Durant
    2017 Hannah M. Dallmann

  • The Toni Morrison-Wole Soyinka African American Studies Essay Award
    Named for two extraordinary writers, Toni Morrison and Wole Soyinka, this award is presented annually to the student who writes the best essay on a theme related to continental Africa and/or diasporan Africa.  Essays may be submitted by students enrolled in any Gettysburg College class, or will be chosen from work submitted in Africana Studies courses.

    Previous Winners

    1997 T. Pemberton Brown and Kim K. Westerman
    1998 Rebecca M. Hildebran
    1999 Michael P. LaPuma
    2000 Lauren A. Hildebrand
    2001 Alex Armster-Wikoff
    2002 Kathleen A. Zawrotniak
    2003 Emily Joy Voss
    2008 Jeremy Arnold
    2009 Catherine Hagler
    2010 Ellen M. Speake
    2011 Alyson Buck
    2012 Kirsten Myers
    2013 Rashida Aluko-Roberts
    2014 Erin C. O’Conor & Brandi K. Lauer

    2015 Benjamin S. Sherbacow
    2016  Rebecca J. Barth



The "Ankh Maat Wedjau" Honor Society is a non-secret, non-profit organization which promotes scholarly study, research, publication and other scholarly activity in the field of Africana Studies among students at academic institutions, and among academic professionals in the field of Africana studies. More information