2017: Karyn Lacy, (University of Michigan), "Growing Up Around Blacks: Strategic Assimilation in Middle-Class Suburbia"
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"