Rensselaer President Honored at Black History Makers Awards
Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson Receives the George
Washington Carver Award
New York — Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute, was one of three Americans honored at
the 15th Annual Black History Makers Award ceremonies Thursday,
Feb. 7 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel.
Host Bill Cosby presented Jackson with the George Washington
Carver Award on behalf of Associated Black Charities, sponsor
of the event.
Jackson was recognized for her achievements in science,
education, and government.
Dr. Ruth Simmons, recently appointed the first
African-American president of Brown University, received the
Mary McLeod Bethune Award. Eminent pediatric surgeon Dr.
Benjamin Carson M.D. of Johns Hopkins Hospital received the Dr.
Charles Richard Drew Award.
Since 1987 the Black History Makers Awards have honored
outstanding Americans such as Maya Anjelou, Thurgood Marshall,
Marian Anderson, Spike Lee, General Colin Powell, and John Hope
“Drs. Benjamin Carson, Shirley Ann Jackson, and Ruth Simmons,
three outstanding African-Americans, have blazed new trails and
left enduring imprints for American youth to emulate,” said
Rayton Gerald, chairman of the board of directors of Associated
Associated Black Charities promotes educational improvement to
prepare children for the technology-driven Information Age and
seeks to strengthen black philanthropy as an ideal and
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