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Honor Society Nominations, Fellows Programs

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Ankh Maat Wedjau Honor Society

2019 Inductees from Berea College and their Professors (standing) with Dr. Maulana Karenga and Tiamoya Karenga (seated)

2019 Inductees

Christopher L. Barnes, Stockton University

Erin T. Berry, Berea College

T’nea Boyd, Clafin University

Stephon Boykin, Clafin University

Justice Cistrunk, Stockton University

Matthew Coverson-Springs, Clafin University

Natalie Doucette, Stockton University

Angelica Gantt, Berea College

R’mon Harvell, Berea College

Shanita Jackson, Berea College

Adeerya Johnson, Georgia State University

Chelsi R. Johnson, Stockton University


Lyric Jones, Berea College

Indira Lessington, Clafin University

Jakia Marie, University of Louisville

Sariah J. Metcalfe, Michigan State Universty

Prairie Reaves-Ortiz, Stockton University

Nea Richard, Clafin University

Kady Ridgway, Stockton University

Morgan Rush, Stockton University

Mauri Stewart, California State University, Northridge

Liam Taylor, Berea College

Valencia Thompson-Manago, Stockton University

Skye Zuniga, Stockton University


The "Ankh Maat Wedjau" Honor Society is a non-secret, non-profit organization which promotes scholarly study, research, publication and other scholarly activity in the field of Africana Studies among students at academic institutions, and among academic professionals in the field of Africana studies.

Students must be nominated by a faculty member at their academic institution. The nominating faculty member must be affiliated with an Africana Studies, Pan African, Black Studies Department or Program, or must have a demonstrated record of teaching a significant number of courses that focus on Africana peoples, and be a member of the National Council for Black Studies.  

Nominations are accepted during the Fall semester and induction occurs in the Spring at the NCBS Annual Meeting. Students are required to pay an initiation fee of $25.00 and annual dues in order to remain an active, voting member of the Society.



To be eligible for the Ankh Maat Wedjau Honor Society, students must:

  • Be a major or minor in Africana Studies, Pan   African Studies or Black Studies, etc.
  • Have maintained a 3.5 grade point average (or an equivalent  letter grade) in their Africana Studies coursework.
  • Have a 3.0 grade point average overall in all coursework undertaken.
  • Have completed a minimum of 60 semester credits or its equivalent and have undertaken a minimum of 12 semester units (or its equivalent) in their Africana Studies major or minor.
  • Be a current NCBS yearly member.
  • Complete an application by the deadline submitting the required information and $25 fee.

Prospective undergraduate membership:

Students nominated must be a major or minor in Africana Studies, Pan African Studies or Black Studies, etc.

Prospective graduate student membership:

Students must be pursuing Masters or Doctoral degrees in Black Studies. For those students who are not pursuing graduate work leading to an actual degree in Black Studies, a minor field will be acceptable (e.g. the Ph.D. in sociology with a concentration in African American studies or the M.A. in political science with a concentration in African American Politics).

Prospective Scholar-Activist:
Activities include research, scholarly publications, engagement in social, cultural, and political organizations; demonstrated commitment to the empowerment of the Black community, including leadership in the establishment of organizations or programs dedicated to the development and advancement of the Black community (e.g. Saturday academies, after school programs, etc.); and/or an academic appointment in the field of Black Studies.

National Council for Black Studies, Inc.
Promoting Academic Excellence and Social Responsibility

University of Cincinnati
Department of Africana Studies
3514 French Hall West
Cincinnati, OH 45221

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