Eight members of the Duke and Durham community received Cook awards Tuesday night. The award, named for Samuel DuBois Cook, Duke's first African-American professor, recognizes service to the university and community and this year is part of the university's 9-month commemoration of the 50th anniversary of black students.
Andy Burness, one of Cook’s first students at Duke, President Richard H. Brodhead and Ben Reese, vice president of Duke’s Office for Institutional Equity, offered remarks.
Awards winners are, from left to right: Yuridia Ramirez, a Duke history doctoral student; (front row) Li-Chen Chin, director of intercultural programs in student affairs; Dorothy Powell, associate dean at Duke's School of Nursing; Charles West, a senior and campus leader; (back row) Daniel Kimberg, a Duke alumnus and Robertson scholar; Lee Baker, dean of academic affairs for Trinity College; Marcus Benning, a junior and president of the Black Student Alliance; and Kevin White, Duke's vice president and director of athletics.
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