From: Baba Gene Stephenson, President@aahgs.org
May 18, 2018
Hotep AAHGS Family,
Here we are, at this special time of the year, when we have an opportunity with confidence, to nominate persons whom we consider both worthy of acknowledging their special contributions to the genealogy and historical venues of ancestral research, and have been a representative gold mine to the community. The iconic musician Charlie “Bird” Parker mused NOW IS THE TIME, which appropriately fits the exclusivity of those nominated. Let’s not allow the time to pass us by. Let’s set if off, and get these nominations started right…quickly!
Sooo, the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, Inc. (AAHGS) is currently seeking nominations for its National Awards. Only financial members of AAHGS may submit nominations. All nominations must be documented on the AAHGS Awards Nomination Form and submitted via email to Awards@aahgs.org or electronically on the 2018 Awards Online Submission Form.
See the AAHGS website under National Awards Program for additional details on the awards and for the nomination form.
Awards must be submitted no later than June 1st.
Nominations may be submitted for one or more of the following awards. However, a submitter cannot nominate the same person for multiple awards.
James Dent Walker Award
The James Dent Walker Award is the highest award that can be bestowed by AAHGS upon a person who has exhibited distinguished accomplishments through a significant and measurable contribution to the research, documentation, and/or preservation of African American history. Membership in AAHGS is not required. [Plaque, Honorary life membership, brass membership card]
Paul Edward Sluby, Sr. /Jean Sampson-Scott, Meritorious Achievement Awards
The Paul Edward Sluby, Sr. and Jean Sampson-Scott Meritorious Achievement Awards are the second highest awards that can be bestowed by AAHGS upon an organization(s) or person(s) who has exhibited distinguished performance through a significant and measurable contribution to African American history and/or genealogy within the past two years. No more than two awards in this category will be given annually. Membership in AAHGS is not required. [Plaque]
Marsha M. Greenlee, History Award
The Marsha M. Greenlee History Award is presented to a person or group for outstanding and measurable achievements in the field of African American history (e.g., history, anthropology, etc). The nomination will be judged on scholarship, presentation and originality. This nomination should result from publication of a book, dissertation, or other manuscript produced by the recipient. Only members of AAHGS and affiliated groups are eligible for this award. [Plaque]
Distinguished National Service Award
The Distinguished National Service Award recognizes an AAHGS member who has provided extraordinary, dedicated service of direct benefit to the AAHGS organization at the national level. Such service may be for a single act or for continuing service, which far exceeds expectations in AAHGS national leadership in achieving the goals of the organization. [Plaque, Honorary life membership]
Elizabeth Clark-Lewis, Genealogy Award
The Elizabeth Clark-Lewis Genealogy Award is presented to a person for original research in support of African American genealogy. The nomination will be judged on scholarly and original research and must document the genealogy of African American ancestors. Only members of AAHGS and affiliated groups are eligible for this award. [Plaque]
Chapter of the Year Award
This award is bestowed on an AAHGS chapter who has made outstanding contributions to the AAHGS mission to preserve African American history and genealogy through sponsorship of quality chapter programs, activities, and services over the past year. This award is not necessarily presented each year. [Plaque]
The On-The-Spot Award is presented to a Chapter member for a recent, specific, measurable accomplishment, which impacts or contributes to AAHGS mission and goals. Only financial members of AAHGS chapters are eligible for this award. [Payment of AAHGS national membership dues for the next calendar year]
The Certificate of Appreciation
The Certificate of Appreciation is presented to an individual or team who has made a contribution to AAHGS or its principles and deserves a token of thanks. The Certificate will result from an act(s) performed within two years of its presentation. Membership in AAHGS is not required.
AAHGS President’s Award
The AAHGS President’s Award is presented to a member who has rendered outstanding Service to AAHGS for a minimum of five (5) years at a personal sacrifice of time. This nominee has, in addition, contributed immeasurably to the Society’s growth and well-being. Such service may be for a single continuing activity, or for a variety of activities.The President alone is the sole selector of the recipient of this award. [Plaque, Honorary life membership]