List of Awards and Nominations Received By Maya Angelou - Awards


Year Honor Notes Reference
1970 Chubb Fellowship Given by Yale University, provides the recipient with an opportunity to make a public address open to the Yale and New Haven communities, as well as a meal, reception, or seminar with groups of students and faculty.
1971 Coretta Scott King Honor Given to African-American authors and illustrators of books for children and young people.
1972 Pulitzer Prize Nomination For Angelou's first book of poetry, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie
1973 Tony Award Nomination For her role in the Broadway play Look Away.
1975–76 Member, American Revolution Bicentennial Council Appointed by President Gerald Ford. Council developed and planned activities and events celebrating the 200th anniversary of the American Revolution.
1975 Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Resident Competitive residency program housed at the foundation's property in Bellagio, Italy in which scholars and artists from all over the world work on, for a period of four weeks, projects of their own choosing.
1976 Ladies' Home Journal "Woman of the Year in Communication" Award Yearly award given by the magazine.
1977 Member, Presidential Commission for International Women's Year Appointed by President Jimmy Carter, the commission was established to make recommendations to end barriers to women's equality in the U.S.
1981 Reynold's Professor of American Studies, Wake Forest University Lifetime appointment.
1983 Ladies' Home Journal "Top 100 Most Influential Women" Yearly award given by the magazine.
1983 Matrix Award Given by the New York Women in Communication to women who excel in the field of communication.
1984 Member, North Carolina Arts Council Committee that gives recommendations to the state's art counsel, especially its policies regarding the arts.
1986 Fulbright Program 40th Anniversary Distinguished Lecturer Recognition by the U.S. Department of State for African Americans who have contributed to "increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries ..."
1987 The North Carolina Award in Literature Highest honor bestowed by the state of North Carolina; recognizes residents for contributions in scholarship, research, the fine arts, and public leadership.
1990 Golden Plate Award, Academy of Achievement Given for accomplishments in the sciences, business, industry, arts, literature, sports, entertainment, and public service.
1990 Candace Award, National Coalition of 100 Black Women Given to African-American women for leadership and achievement.
1991 Langston Hughes Medal Awarded to African-American writers who explore their cultural heritage.
1992 Horatio Alger Award Yearly award to those "who have overcome adversity and made significant contributions in their fields".
1992 Distinguished Woman of North Carolina Given by the North Carolina Council for Women to women who make major contributions in the fields of the arts, business, education, government, recreation, and volunteerism.
1992 Crystal Award Honors women who have helped expand the role of women in entertainment.
1993 Inaugural Poet Named for reading her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at President Bill Clinton's inauguration.
1993 Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Part of the first group of those native to Arkansas honored as role models for young people.
1993 Grammy, "Best Spoken Word Album" for "On The Pulse of Morning" First Grammy, for inaugural poem
1994 Rollins College Walk of Fame Stone dedicated on campus walkway made up of rocks and bricks from the homes of over 600 historical figures.
1994 Spingarn Medal Given by the NAACP for outstanding achievement by an African American.
1995 Frank G. Wells American Teachers Award Recognizes those outside the teaching profession who teach.
1995 Grammy, "Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical Album" For Angelou's performance of her poem Phenomenal Woman.
1996 American Ambassador Given by UNICEF to assist with their fundraising efforts.
1997 NAACP Image Award Honors African Americans' accomplishments in film, television, music, and literature, and for Angelou's work in Nonfiction.
1997 Homecoming Award Given every two years by the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers to authors from the south and southwest.
1998 Alston/Jones International Civil and Human Rights Award Bestowed by the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina, honoring individuals who have contributed to the Civil Rights movement.
1998 National Women's Hall of Fame Inducted for making contributions to society and for the freedom and progress of women.
1999 Christopher Award The Christophers' annual media award, given to Angelou for her directorial debut (Down in the Delta).
1999 Shelia Award Given by the Tubman African American Museum to "extraordinary black women of achievement".
2000 National Medal of Arts Selected by President Bill Clinton, given by the National Council on the Arts to Americans who have contributed to the arts and culture.
2002 Lifetime Achievement Award Given as part of the Ethnic Multicultural Media Awards (EMMAs) presented at the annual Hay Festival in Wales.
2002 Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album, "A Song Flung Up to Heaven" For the audio book of Angelou's final autobiography.
2004 Charles Evans Hughes Award Presented by the National Conference for Community and Justice for civic and humanitarian contributions.
2005 Heart's Day Honoree Presented during Howard University English Department's annual celebration and conference.
2006 Mother Teresa Award Presented by the St. Bernadette Institute of Sacred Art in Albuquerque, New Mexico, after being nominated by the public at large.
2007 Martha Parker Legacy Award Given by the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance studio in Denver; attendees of the ceremony were served dishes from Angelou's book Hallelujah! The Welcome Table.
2008 Voice of Peace award First recipient of award presented by the Hope for Peace and Justice Center in Dallas; also in honor of Angelou's 80th birthday.
2008 Gracie Allen Award (Gracie) Honors accomplishments in the media; for Angelou's radio show on XM Radio.
2008 Marian Anderson Award Honors "artists whose leadership benefits humanity".
2008 Lincoln Medal Presented by Ford's Theatre to those who exemplify the legacy and character embodied by President Abraham Lincoln.
2009 Literary Award Given by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, recognizing excellence in adult fiction and nonfiction written by African Americans.
2010 The U.S.' highest civilian honor; awarded by President Barack Obama. Presidential Medal of Freedom
2012 Black Cultural Society Award Given by Elon University in North Carolina, for humanitarian contributions for the promotion of world cultures.

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