Established in 1993, the Carter Godwin Woodson Scholars Medallion is presented to a scholar whose career is distinguished through at least a decade of research, writing, and activism in the field of African American life and history. The recipient’s career should embody and personify the Woodson legacy to ensure a firm foundation for the continuance of African-centered education through dedication and commitment to African-American history. Dr. Woodson devoted his entire life and resources to chronicling African American history and the recipient must have continued his tradition of correcting the deficiencies in American history where African American History is misinterpreted or distorted. The person selected must be a trained historian and an active participant in the scholarly work of the Association for the Study of  African American Life and History. The award is presented annually.

Recipients by Year

2022
Dr. Quintard Taylor
Dr. Edna Greene Medford

2021
Derrick P. Alridge
Erica Armstrong Dunbar
Geneva Gay

2019
Bernard Powers

2018
Brenda Stevenson

2017
William Seraile

2016
Wilma King

2015
David Levering Lewis

2014
Gerald Horne

2013
Deborah Gray White

2012
Collin Palmer

2011
Vincent Harding

2010
Juliet Walker

2009
Sharon Harley

2008
Rosalyn Terborg-Penn
Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham

2007
Joseph Harris

2006
Sylvia Jacobs

2005
Walter Hill
Monroe Fordham

2004
Thomas Battle
Nell Painter

2003
Lerone Bennett, Jr.
Robert Harris

2002
V.P. Franklin

2001
Bettye Collier-Thomas
Darlene Clark Hine

2000
Mary Frances Berry
Edna Chappell McKenzie

1999
Arvarh E. Strickland

1998
Edgar Toppin

1997
Adelaide M. Cromwell

1995
Dorothy Porter Wesley
John Henrik Clarke

1994
John Hope Franklin

1993
Benjamin A. Quarles