Spingarn Medal Recipients

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The Spingarn Medal is awarded annually by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for outstanding achievement by an African-American. The award was created in 1914 by Joel Elias Spingarn, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the NAACP.

Year Wikipedia WikiTree Occupation(s) Connected
1915Just, Ernest (1883-1941) Ernest Just Scientist Yes
1916Young, Charles (1864-1922) Charles Young Army Colonel Yes
1917Burleigh, Harry (1866-1949) Harry Burleigh Composer and Singer Yes
1918Braithwaite, William Stanley (1878-1962) William Braithwaite Writer Yes
1919Grimké, Archibald (1849-1930) Archibald Grimké Diplomat, Activist Yes
1920Dubois, William (1868-1963) W.E.B. DuBois Activist, Writer Yes
1921Gilpin, Charles Sidney (1878-1930) Charles Gilpin Theater Star No
1922Talbert, Mary Burnett (1866-1923) Mary Burnett Talbert Activist Yes
1923Carver, George Washington (1864-1943) George Washington Carver Scientist, Inventor No
1924Hayes, Roland (1887-1977) Roland Hayes Singer, Composer Yes
1925Johnson, James Weldon (1871-1938) James Weldon Johnson Activist Yes
1927Overton, Anthony (1865-1946) Anthony Overton Businessman No
1928Chesnutt, Charles (1858-1932) Charles Chesnutt Author, Activist Yes
1929Johnson, Mordecai (1891-1976) Mordecai Johnson Educator No
1930Hunt, Henry (1866-1938) Henry Hunt Educator, Activist Yes
1931Harrison, Richard (1864-1935) Actor, Lecturer No
1932Moton, Robert (1867-1940) Robert Moton Educator Yes
1933Yergan, Max (1892-1975) Max Yeargan Activist No
1934Williams, William (1869-1941) Educator No
1935Bethune, Mary McLeod (1875-1955) Mary McLeod Education Activist Yes
1936Hope, John (1868-1936) John Hope Educator, Activist Yes
1937White, Walter (1893-1955) Walter White Activist, Journalist Yes
1939Anderson, Marian (1897-1993) Marian Anderson Opera Singer and Activist Yes
1940Wright, Louis (1891-1952) Louis Wright Surgeon, Activist Yes
1941Wright, Richard (1908-1960) Richard Wright Author No
1942Randolph, Philip A. (1889-1979) Asa Philip Randolph Activist No
1943Hastie, William (1904-1976) William Hastie Lawyer, USVI Governor No
1944Drew, Charles (1904-1950) Charles Drew Physician Yes
1945Robeson, Paul (1898-1976) Paul Robeson Singer, Actor Yes
1946Marshall, Thurgood (1908-1993) Thurgood Marshall Supreme Court Justice Yes
1947Julian, Percy (1899-1975) Percy Julian Scientist Yes
1948Tobias, Channing (1882-1961) Activist No
1949Bunche, Ralph (1904-1971) Ralph Bunche Political Scientist, Diplomat Yes
1950Houston, Charles (1895-1950) Charles Houston Lawyer Yes
1951Staupers, Mabel (1890-1989) Mabel Doyle Staupers Nurse, Activist No
1952Moore, Harry (1905-1951) Harry Moore Activist No
1953Williams, Paul (1894-1980) Paul Williams Architect No
1954Lawless, Theodore (1892-1971) Theodore Lawless Dermatologist No
1955Murphy, Carl (1889-1967) Carl J Murphy Journalist, Activist Yes
1956Robinson, Jackie (1919-1972) Jack Robinson Baseball Star Yes
1957King, Martin Luther Jr. (1929-1968) Martin Luther King Jr. Activist Yes
1958Bates, Daisy (1914-1999) Daisy Gatson Bates Activist No
1958Green, Ernest (1941-) Living Little Rock Nine No
1958Eckford, Elizabeth (1941-) Living Little Rock Nine No
1958Thomas, Jefferson (1942-2010) Jefferson Thomas Little Rock Nine No
1958Roberts, Terrence (1941-) Living Little Rock Nine No
1958LaNier, Carlotta Walls (1942-) Living Little Rock Nine No
1958Brown-Trickey, Minnijean (1941-) Living Little Rock Nine No
1958Karlmark, Gloria Ray (1942-) Living Little Rock Nine No
1958Mothershed-Wair, Thelma (1940-) Living Little Rock Nine No
1958Beals, Melba Pattillo (1941-) Living Little Rock Nine No
1959Ellington, Duke (1899-1974) Duke Ellington Musician Yes
1960Hughes, Langston (1901-1967) James Hughes Poet Yes
1961Clark, Kenneth (1914-2005) Kenneth Clark Psychologist No
1962Weaver, Robert (1907-1997) Robert Weaver First HUD Secretary Yes
1963Evers, Medgar (1925-1963) Medgar Evers Activist Yes
1964Wilkins, Roy (1901-1981) Roy Wilkins Activist Yes
1965Price, Leontyne (1927-) Mary Violet Leontyne Price Singer No
1966Johnson, John (1918-2005) John Johnson Publisher No
1967Brooke, Edward (1919-2015) Edward Brooke US Senator Yes
1968Davis, Sammy Jr. (1925-1990) Samuel Davis Entertainer No
1969Mitchell, Clarence (1911-1984) Clarence Mitchell Activist No
1970Lawrence, Jacob (1917-2000) Jacob Lawrence Painter Yes
1971Sullivan, Leon (1922-2001) Leon Sullivan Civil Rights Leader No
1972Parks, Gordon (1912-2006) Gordon Parks Photographer No
1973Riles, Wilson (1917-1999) Wilson Camanza Riles Educator & Politician No
1974Keith, Damon (1922-2019) Damon Keith Judge No
1976Aaron, Hank (1934-) Hank Aaron Baseball Star No
1977Ailey, Alvin (1931-1989) Alvin Ailey Dancer, Choreographer Yes
1977Haley, Alex (1921-1992) Alexander Haley Author Yes
1979Young, Andrew (1932-) Living Activist No
1979Parks, Rosa (1913-2005) Rosa McCauley Parks Activist Yes
1980Logan, Rayford (1897-1982) Activist No
1981Young, Coleman (1918-1987) Coleman Young Detroit Mayor No
1982Mays, Benjamin (1894-1984) Benjamin Mays Activist Yes
1983Horne, Lena (1917-2010) Lena Horne Actor, Activist Yes
1985Bradley, Tom (1917-1998) Thomas Bradley LA Mayor No
1985Cosby, Bill (1937-) Living Comedian No
1986Hooks, Benjamin (1925-2010) Activist No
1987Sutton, Percy (1920-2009) Percy Sutton Politician No
1988Patterson, Frederick (1901-1988) Frederick Patterson Educator Yes
1989Jackson, Jesse (1941-) Jesse Jackson Activist No
1990Wilder, Douglas (1931-) Living Politician No
1991Powell, Colin (1937-2021) Colin Powell 4-Star General Yes
1992Jordan, Barbara (1936-1996) Barbara Jordan Politician Yes
1993Height, Dorothy (1912-2010) Dorothy Height Activist Yes
1994Angelou, Maya (1928-2014) Maya Johnson Angelou Poet, Writer Yes
1995Franklin, John (1915-2009) John Franklin Historian Yes
1996Higginbotham, A. Leon (1928-1998) Activist No
1997Rowan, Carl (1925-2000) Carl Rowan Journalist No
1998Evers-Williams, Myrlie (1933-) Myrlie Evers-Williams Activist Yes
1999Graves, Earl (1935-2020) Publisher, Businessman No
2000Winfrey, Oprah (1954-) Oprah Winfrey Talk Show Host No
2001Jordan, Vernon (1935-2021) Activist No
2002Lewis, John (1940-2020) John Lewis Politician, Activist Yes
2003Motley, Constance Baker (1921-2005) Constance (Baker) Motley Lawyer, Activist Yes
2004Carter, Robert (1917-2012) Lawyer, Activist No
2005Hill, Oliver (1907-2007) Oliver (White) Hill Civil Rights Attorney Yes
2006Carson, Ben (1951-) Living Politician No
2007Conyers, John (1929-2019) John Conyers Politician No
2008Dee, Ruby (1922-2014) Ruby Wallace Dee Actress Yes
2009Bond, Julian (1940-2015) Horace Julian Bond Politician No
2010Tyson, Cicely (1924-2021) Cicely Tyson Actress, Activist Yes
2011Freeman, Frankie Muse (1916-2018) Frankie Muse Freeman Civil Rights Attorney No
2012Belafonte, Harry (1927) Harry Belafonte Singer, Activist Yes
2013Norman, Jessye (1945-2019) Jessye Mae Norman Opera Singer No
2014Jones, Quincy (1933-) Quincy JonesRecord and Television Producer Yes
2015Poitier, Sidney (1927-2022) Sidney PoitierActor Yes
2016Jones, Nathaniel (1926-2020) Nathaniel Raphael Jones Judge Yes
2018Brown, Willie (1934-) Willie BrownPolitician No
2019Gaspard, Patrick (1967-) LivingDiplomat No
2021Laurencin, Cato (1959-) LivingScientist No
2022Jim Clyburn (1940-) LivingPolitician No

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Biographies of recipients can be viewed here:

Black winners : a history of Spingarn medalists, 1915-1983, By Melvin Douglass I , 1984. https://archive.org/details/blackwinnershist0000doug/ Brooklyn, N.Y. : T. Gaus : Distributed by D.A. Reid Enterprises

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