Alabama Humanities Honors

The Alabama Humanities Alliance celebrates thinkers and doers, including distinguished individuals and organizations who uplift the humanities and contribute to the mission of lifelong learning and civic purpose in our state, our nation and our world.

Alabama Humanities Fellows

AHA honors individuals with the title of Fellow in recognition of their outstanding life’s work in the humanities or in support of the humanities disciplines that enrich the lives of Alabamians.

  • 2019 Marquita Davis, Fred Gray, Howell Raines, Jody Singer
  • 2018 Martha Bouyer, Nall Hollis, Peggy Wallace Kennedy, Gina Locklear, Bobby McAlpine, Mary Margaret Pettway, Margot Shaw, Joyce Vance, Andrew Westmoreland
  • 2017 W. Kamau Bell, Nimrod Frazer Sr., Cassandra King, Myron Thompson
  • 2016 Ben & Luanne Russell
  • 2015 Cynthia Tucker Haynes
  • 2014 Betty McMahon
  • 2013 Bobby Horton
  • 2012 Dr. E.O. Wilson
  • 2011 Dr. Elaine Hughes
  • 2010 Edgar Welden
  • 2009 Dr. Bill Carter
  • 2008 Senator Richard Shelby
  • 2007 Jack Warner
  • 2006 Dr. Bert Hitchcock
  • 2005 Dr. Neal Berte & Joe McInnes
  • 2004 Senator Howell Heflin
  • 2003 Dr. Harry Philpott
  • 2002 Harper Lee
  • 2001 Dr. Ed Bridges
  • 2000 Kathryn Tucker Windham & Dr. James Yarbrough
  • 1999 No award
  • 1998 Emory Cunningham
  • 1997 Odessa Woolfolk
  • 1996 Gov. Albert Brewer
  • 1995 Suzanne Wolf
  • 1994 Philip Morris
  • 1993 Dr. Leah Rawls Atkins
  • 1992 Judge C.J. Coley
  • 1991 Dr. Wayne Flynt
  • 1990 Dr. Virginia Van der Veer Hamilton
  • 1989 Winton M. Blount

Charitable Organization in the Humanities Award

AHA honors members of the corporate and philanthropic communities for their valuable contributions to further the mission and goals of Alabama Humanities Alliance.

Previous Award Winners

  • 2017 Vulcan Materials Company
  • 2016 Hill Crest Foundation
  • 2015 Mike & Gillian Goodrich Foundation
  • 2014 AAA Cooper Transportation
  • 2013 Books-A-Million
  • 2012 Regions Bank
  • 2011 Wells Fargo Foundation
  • 2010 Robert Meyer Foundation
  • 2007 Susan Mott Webb Charitable Trust
  • 2006 The Daniel Foundation of Alabama
  • 2003 AmSouth Bank
  • 2002 Alabama Power Company
  • 2001 Southern Progress Corporation
  • 1998 Protective Life Corporation
  • 1997 Energen
  • 1995 Jim Wilson & Associates

Wayne Greenhaw Service Award

AHA recognizes former and current board members for their extraordinary service to the organization. The award is a memorial tribute to celebrated writer Wayne Greenhaw, a former board member who authored 22 books and was honored in 2006 with the Harper Lee Award as Alabama’s Distinguished Writer.

Previous Award Winners

  • 2018 Reggie Hamner
  • 2017 Lee Sentell
  • 2016 Nancy Grisham Anderson
  • 2015 Jim Noles
  • 2014 Dr. Jack Hawkins
  • 2013 Dr. Don Noble
  • 2012 Judge John E. Rochester