Amilcar Shabazz, professor of Afro-American Studies and faculty advisor to the chancellor for diversity and excellence, has received the National Council for Black Studies’ Presidential Award, conferred at its 38th annual conference on March 8 in Miami.
Shabazz was elected NCBS national secretary in 2012 and, as a life member of the council, has been a member of its national board since 2009. He was lauded as an authority on the history of desegregation of higher education and diversity policies in schools, and as a leading figure in the internationalization of Africana studies.
He serves on the editorial boards of The Journal of Black Studies andThe Black Scholar, two of Africana studies’ oldest and most distinguished journals, as well as The Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship.
NCBS officials also noted that in the past two years, Shabazz has made presentations on Africana studies (with the sociology department’s Agustin Lao-Montes) at universities and community-based cultural centers in Buenaventura, Cali and Bogotá, Colombia; at the Third Annual Negritud Conference at the Center of Advanced Studies of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, in San Juan; at the 32nd Annual Festival del Caribe in Santiago de Cuba, and at the Amilcar Cabral Foundation in Praia, Cape Verde.