Books and Beyond, 2012

Catherine Blackwell Collections at Flint Public Library, 2008

Mrs. Catherine Blackwell (Detroit, MI) as a teacher and innovator you have contributed immensely to the study and appreciation of Africa. The impressive collection of art you gathered during your many trips to the continent will be an inspiration to future generations. It will be enjoyed by the public as they visit the exhibits but even more importantly it will be of great use to teachers at all levels of our educational system. The Manchuelle award acknowledges your valuable contribution to the dissemination of knowledge about Africa..

The High School Summer Institute of Human Rights and Genocide Studies
(Buffalo, NY)


The François Manchuelle Award is being given to the Summer Institute for the innovative way it educated students about Africa, American foreign policy, human rights and genocide. Its innovative and thoughtful approach accomplished many important things. The program located Africa and the question of genocide in a broader historical and geographical context. It demonstrated that in order to understand and address these abuses we need broad historical knowledge of global forces, international institutions as well as in-depth knowledge of the local context. The program also introduced students to an important cross-section of individuals from practitioner of human rights law to victims of these atrocities. This experience will help these students to appreciate our shared humanity as well as the small and large ways in which we can work to prevent further episodes of genocide. Finally, the organizers of this institute have created a model that can be taken to other institutions.

Brenda Randolph, African Access

The AASP is pleased to announce that the first recipient of the Francois Manchuelle Award is Brenda Randolph and the organization African Access. For twelve years African Access has developed solid materials on teaching and learning about Africa and then used innovative technology to bring this information to the K-12 community. African Access has been especially effective in bringing a critical voice to books on Africa marketed for children to an ever widening group of educators. The Award Committee noted that “the African Access target audience of K-12 is a particularly critical community to reach if we Africanists are really going to change how Americans view Africa.”

Thomas Hale, “New Connections”, Penn State

The Award Committee also wished to note and give Honorable Mention to Thomas Hale and aprogram at Penn State called “New Connections.” In this program interactive video courses on Africa are brought to remote campuses of the Penn State system that otherwise would have no opportunity to study Africa. The Award Committee feels that both of these proposals truly honor Francois Manchuelle’s commitment to bringing down barriers to the study of Africa.

African Studies Center Outreach Progam, Boston University

The 2002 Francois Manchuelle Award went to the African Studies Center Outreach Program at Boston University for its impressive outreach to K-12 teachers. The Summer Institutes and lectures provide invaluable opportunities for the K-12 teacher to learn more about African history and societies. The games, curriculum guides and loaning library make available critical materials they can incorporate into their classes. In addition, the Outreach Program must be commended for its web-site which is an invaluable resource for teachers especially those beyond Boston who do not have easy access to the city’s resources on Africa. The Outreach Program has regional significance when one considers the paucity of African Studies in the colleges and universities in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.The director of the program, Barbara Brown, deserves special praise for her hard work and dedication to the struggle to get Africa included in the K-12 curriculum requirements in Massachusetts. This is an important victory and it will only deepen the demand for the important work the Program is conducting.

Daniel Boyd, TELEDRUM, West Virginia State College

The 2003 Francois Manchuelle Award went to Daniel Boyd a Professor of Communications at West Virginia State College for the pilot program TELEDRUM. Boyd partnered with the University of Dar es Salaam to teach filmmaking to American and African students while producing films for international aid organization. This creative and fruitful partnership has produced two films thus far “Duara” and “Sound the Drum.”