The annual Umoja Celebration is the ceremony marking the end of the Black Student Movement's calendar year. At this celebration we fellowship and thank the outgoing officers for a job well done, award the most outstanding male and female member in each class year, present active seniors their BSM graduation stoles, induct the new officers, award Scholarship recipient(s) and present students and faculty awards they were voted to win by their peers. Below lists our annual list of awards.
Umoja represents Unity in Swahili and is a principle the members of the BSM try to embody. Accordingly, the Umoja award goes to the steadfast student who had displayed both commitment and concern for his or her fellow students and who continuously strives toward unity among members of the University community and the surrounding areas.
Black Student Movement Leadership Award
The Black Student Movement Leadership Award goes to the member who has worked hard to fulfill the mission of the BSM and has strived to reach its goal and objectives through tireless commitment to the organization, its members and the Black community.
George Moses Horton Cultural Performance Award
Mr. George Moses Horton was the first African American to have work published in the South and the first American slave to protest his enslavement through poetry. Horton was often permitted to visit UNC by his master and he often sold love poems to the students. During the summer of 2006, UNC Chapel Hill renamed a newly built residence hall, previously known as Hinton James North, to George Moses Horton residence hall. This award recognizes a student that has shown similar excellence in the arts as Horton.
Margo A. Crawford Humanitarian Award
Ms. Margo A. Crawford served as the first director of the Black Cultural Center when it opened on July 1, 1998. After Dr. Stone's death in 1991, Ms. Crawford worked tirelessly along with students and other staff members to fight for a free standing cultural center in Stone's honor. The Margo A. Crawford Humanitarian Award recognizes the student who has demonstrated unselfish interest in human welfare through commitment to cultural education and cross-cultural communication.
Sonja Haynes Stone Leadership Award
Dr. Sonja Haynes Stone came to UNC Chapel Hill in 1974 as an assistant professor and was the director of the Curriculum in the Afro-American studies department until 1979. Founder and former director of the Southeastern Black Press Institute, Stone served on numerous committees related to the black movement and wrote extensively on the subject. Stone was the adviser to the Black Student Movement from 1974 to 1980 and was active in promoting the minority presence on campus and expanding the Afro-American studies curriculum. In 1981, the NAACP named her Woman of the Year. She was named an associate professor in 1984. An admired teacher, she won the Favorite Faculty Award from the Class of 1990. That same year, she was the first recipient of the Outstanding Black Faculty Award from the UNC-CH General Alumni Association. Her many other honors included the Black Student Movement’s 1983 Faculty Award, its 1980 Award for Excellent Academic Achievement, the 1982 N.C. Alumni and Friends Coalition Award for Achievement in Higher Education, and the 1978 National Council for Black Studies Dedicated Service Award. She was a member of the Black Cultural Center Planning Committee and the Campus Y advisory board, among others. The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History , which opened in 2004, is named for her. The Sonja Haynes Stone Leadership Award recognizes a student who has made the most outstanding contribution to the University through leadership and activism.
Dr. Sonja Haynes Stone came to UNC Chapel Hill in 1974 as an assistant professor and was the director of the Curriculum in the Afro-American studies department until 1979. Stone was the adviser to the Black Student Movement from 1974 to 1980 and was active in promoting the minority presence on campus and expanding the Afro-American studies curriculum. In 1981, the NAACP named her Woman of the Year. The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History , which opened in 2004, is named for her. The Sonja Haynes Stone Leadership Award recognizes a student who has made the most outstanding contribution to the University through leadership and activism.
Harold G. Wallace Administrative Excellence Award
Harold G. Wallace served as an administrator at UNC several years throughout the 1970s and 1980s and was instrumental in forming the Black Faculty and Staff Caucus. This award goes to the most outstanding staff member or administrator who seeks to bring about the empowerment of students through his or her tireless commitment.
Hortense McClinton Faculty Award
In 1966 Hortense McClinton became the first black professor at UNC. She taught in the School of Social Work for 18 years. The faculty member that receives this award teaches principles both inside and outside of the classroom and seeks to empower students by educating them through his or her tireless commitment.
Mykia J. Johnson Award
Mykia J. Johnson is a May 2011 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a double major in communication studies and public policy with a minor in entrepreneurship. She served as the membership chair of the Black Student Movement from 2008 to 2011 and always made the mission and growth of the Black Student Movement one of her top priorities. Mykia was a key factor in the success of BSM for many years. She also served as the Director of Programs for Movement of Youth and was a mentor for three years. The Mykia J. Johnson Award is awarded to a senior who has relentlessly rendered their services and showed dedication to the Black Student Movement since their freshman year. Their commitment to the Black Student Movement is evidenced through their involvement in the organization and commitment to upholding its values through thought, word, and deed.