Alumna Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham awarded the National Humanities Medal

History Department alumna Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham received the National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama. After graduating from UWM with a bachelor’s degree in history in 1969, she taught American history in Milwaukee Public Schools before earning her doctorate and becoming one of the leading scholars of African American history. Professor Higginbotham teaches history at Harvard University. She received an honorary doctorate from UWM in 2014.

Evelyn Brooks Higgenbotham shaking hands with Barack Obama

Credit: Ralph Alswang for National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

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UWM alum Higginbotham named National Humanities Medalist

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Cue at 19:50 for the award to Higgenbotham.