2016: Angela Harris (UC Davis)
"Food, Farming, and Freedom: The New Black Agrarians"
2015: Melissa Harris Perry
2014: Diane Nash
"The Movements of the '60s: A legacy for Today"
2013: Sami Schalk
"Blackness and Disability: From Slavery to a Not-so-Distant Future"
2012: Barbara Smith
"Black Feminist Activism: My Next Chapter"
2011: Ben Vinson III (Johns Hopkins University)
"Black Synergies: Surveying Afromexican History with African American Linkages"
2010: Michelle M. Wright (Northwestern University)
"Black, But Not Like You: Race and Representation in the Age of Obama"