The Association of African American Museums presents three awards each year to outstanding practicing and future museum professionals through the Dr. John E. Fleming Award, the Museum Leadership Award, the Pace Setter Award and the Margaret T. G. Burroughs and Charles H. Wright Fellowship. Recipients are recognized during the AAAM Awards Luncheon, which will take place this year on August 2, 2017 in Washington, DC.
The DR. JOHN E. FLEMING Award
This award, the highest honor presented, recognizes museum professionals who have contributed outstanding expertise and exceptional dedication to African and African American focus museums nationally and internationally through a career spanning twenty years or more.
DR. ALVIA WARDLAW | TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY MUSEUM
The MUSEUM LEADERSHIP Award
This award recognizes museum professionals, in the field for ten years or more, who have displayed exceptional leadership in museum work and particularly in the advancement of African and African American focus museums nationally and internationally.
ELLEN ZISHOLTZ | CENTER FOR CREATIVE PARTNERSHIPS
The PACE SETTER Award
This award recognizes museum professionals who, in the field for less than ten years have demonstrated exceptional innovation and dedication to sustaining African and African American focus museums nationally and internationally.
JENNEY FAZANDE | NATIONAL WWII MUSEUM
The MARGARET T. G. BURROUGHS and CHARLES H. WRIGHT Fellowship
Two Margaret T. G. Burroughs and Charles H. Wright Fellowship are awarded: one award goes to a senior-level undergraduate or graduate student, and a second award is awarded to a first year museum professional. Applicants must outline their contributions to the African American and/or African diaspora museum field. Burroughs-Wright Fellowship recipients receive full conference registration for the 2017 AAAM Annual Conference in Washington, DC (August 1 - 3), three night hotel accommodations at the conference hotel, and a one year individual membership to the Association of African American Museums.
CARLYN PINKINS | AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM & CULTURAL CENTER OF NEW MEXICO
JESSIKA DAVIDSON | STEPHEN F. AUSTIN STATE UNIVERSITY