2019 Dr. Clayborne Carson, Professor of American History, Stanford University, "American Prophet: The Inner Life and Global Vision of Martin Luther King, Jr."
2018 Prof. John H. Bracey, Jr., Professor of Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, "My Encounter with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Historian's Perspective"
2017 Dr. J. Todd Moye, Professor of History, University of North Texas, "Ella Baker: The Woman Who Invented the Civil Rights Movement"
2016 Rev. C. T. Vivian, Civil Rights Movement, "Racism is a Moral Issue"
2015 Dr. Debbie Z. Harwell, University of Houston, "Wednesdays in Mississippi: White Gloves and Quiet Power as Catalysts for Change"
2014 Dr. Leslie Burl McLemore, Jackson State University: "My Life in the Freedom Struggle, An Incomplete Odyssey"
2013 Dr. Linda Reed, Associate Professor, Department of History University of Houston, "Women Movers and Shakers In the Civil Rights Movement"
2012 Raymond Arsenault, University of South Florida, "The Freedom Riders"
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."
2009 Dr. Manisha Sinha, Associate Professor of Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst, "Allies for Emancipation? Lincoln and Black Abolitionists"
2008 Dr. Waldo Martin, Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley, "Be Real Black For Me: The Cultural Politics of Black Power"