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James M. Jones, left, director of Black American Studies, congratulates
UD junior Shakir McLean, recipient of the 2010 James E. Newton Student
8:47 a.m., June 14, 2010----During its 2010 Convocation, the Department of Black American Studies at the University of Delaware presented awards to three members of the University community.
The James E. Newton Student Award was given to junior Shakir
McLean for his outstanding academic and community accomplishments.
McLean is pursuing dual degrees in Black American studies and chemistry,
and has a 3.81 grade point average. He is a coordinator for the Network
for Undergraduate Collaborative Learning Experience for
Underrepresented Scholars (NUCLEUS), and is the president of the Xi
Omicron chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
The James E. Newton Award is given annually to a BAMS major or minor
who exhibits the qualities of excellence in community service and
scholastic achievement embodied by its namesake, UD Professor Emeritus
James E. Newton.
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James M. Jones, left, presents Cheryl A. Davis-Robinson the Ujima Award.
The other awardees are distinguished individuals in their own right. The Ujima Award
was given to College of Arts and Sciences adviser Cheryl A.
Davis-Robinson for her extended work with underrepresented students in
the UD academic community, and in particular for her advisement of BAMS
majors. Ujima is one of the seven principles of Kwaanza and represents
collective work and responsibility within the spectrum of humankind.
The Ubuntu Award was given to Leland B. Ware, Louis L. Redding
Professor of Law and Public Policy, for his innovative work in helping
to establish the Redding House, childhood home of legal scholar Louis L.
Redding, as a museum and a space for community activities in
James M. Jones, left, presents Leland Ware the Ubuntu Award.
Ware was also acknowledged for his efforts to build ongoing and
productive relationships between the UD campus and African American
communities in the greater Newark and Wilmington areas, and for his
service and scholarly contributions to Black American Studies. Ubuntu is
an aged-old African term for humaneness -- for caring, sharing, and
being in harmony with all creation. As an ideal, it promotes
cooperation between individuals, cultures and nations.
Article by Carol E. Henderson, Michael Yancey and James M. Jones
Photos by Kevin Quinlan
Originally published by UDaily.