2016-2017 Dr. J. Todd Moye, Professor of History, University of North Texas, "Ella Baker: The Woman Who Invented the Civil Rights Movement"
2015-2016 Rev. C. T. Vivian, Civil Rights Movement, "Racism is a Moral Issue"
2014-2015 Dr. Debbie Z. Harwell, University of Houston, "Wednesdays in Mississippi: White Gloves and Quiet Power as Catalysts for Change"
2013-2014 Dr. Leslie Burl McLemore, Jackson State University: "My Life in the Freedom Struggle, An Incomplete Odyssey"
2012-2013 Dr. Linda Reed, Associate Professor, Department of History University of Houston, "Women Movers and Shakers In the Civil Rights Movement"
2011-2012 Raymond Arsenault, University of South Florida, "The Freedom Riders"
2009-2010 Dr. Wilma King, Arvarh E. Strickland Distinguished Professor, University of Missouri, "Chattel's Children: Enslaved Girls and Boys in the North and South before 1865."
2008-2009 Dr. Manisha Sinha, Associate Professor of Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst, "Allies for Emancipation? Lincoln and Black Abolitionists"
2007-2008 Dr. Waldo Martin, Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley, "Be Real Black For Me: The Cultural Politics of Black Power"