The Shelia Awards

By Tubman Museum
  • LOCATION :

    310 Cherry Street
    Macon, GA 31201
  • Date :

    To Be Announced
  • Time :

    To Be Announced

The Tubman, the South’s largest museum of African American art, history and culture, presents the Shelia Award to extraordinary black women of achievement. The term Shelia is an Americanized mélange of West African names meaning strength, beauty and courage.

Since its beginning days, the Tubman Museum has consistently recognized heroes and heroines – those remarkable people who have taken risks both great and small to ensure that freedom of opportunity is available to all, regardless of race, creed, color, sex or religion. We believe it is a part of our mission to recognize and celebrate those whose extraordinary heroism puts them in harm’s way and who through their actions change so much for so many.


Shelia Award Honorees

Dr. Patricia Bath2006
Dr. Patricia Bath
Opthalmologist, Surgeon
Inventor of the Laserphaco Probe

Charlayne Hunter-Gault2004
Ms. Charlayne Hunter-Gault
Journalist
Civil Rights Pioneer

Coretta Scott King2002
Mrs. Coretta Scott King
Icon of the Civil Rights Movement


Tina McElroy Ansa2000
Ms. Tina McElroy Ansa
Novelist

Maya Angelou1999
Ms. Maya Angelou
Poet, Novelist
Civil Rights Activist

Alice Walker1997
Ms. Alice Walker
Poet, Novelist
Civil Rights Activist


Debbie Allen1996
Ms. Debbie Allen
Dancer, Actress
Film & Television Director

Dr. Johnetta B. Cole1995
Dr. Johnetta B. Cole
Anthroplogist
College President
Museum Director



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