2020 Distinguished Young Alumni Award – Michael L. Chambers II

One of the best qualities of our African American Studies alumni is their willingness to remain in contact with the program and our students. Our current students benefit from talks and other events in which our alumni share their experiences and advice with the next generation.

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Together, the faculty, students, and alumni of the African American Studies program show just how valuable an education from UAB's College of Arts and Sciences can be!

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  • Anissa Latham
  • Veronica Mixon
  • Michael Chambers II
  • Makayla Smith
  • Anissa Latham

    Alumni Spotlight

    Anissa Latham (2017) nurtured her storytelling and filmmaking skills during her time at the University of Alabama at Birmingham — now, with new partners and supporters investing in her work, she’s bringing her creative vision to the world. She directed and co-produced the film “Missing Magic,” which premiered at the American Film Institute (AFI) DOCS Film Festival in June 2021. “Missing Magic” will be featured on Alabama Public Television (APT).

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  • Veronica Mixon

    Alumni Spotlight

    Through courses like Black Psychology and an emphasis in global health and justice studies, Veronica Mixon (2021) has found numerous points of intersection between African American studies and psychology. Recently, she shared her insights at a panel entitled “Breaking Down Barriers: Supporting Marginalized Communities During COVID-19.” By building her critical thinking skills with an interdisciplinary focus, she is now in a position to pursue her career goals.

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  • Michael Chambers II

    Alumni Spotlight

    In his latest role in the Director's Office at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, Michael Chambers II manages board relations, a national philanthropic professional network, and special projects. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Museum Studies at Johns Hopkins University. In 2020 he was recognized by the UAB College of Arts and Sciences with its Distinguished Young Alumni Award.

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  • Makayla Smith

    Alumni Spotlight

    Makayla Smith wants to use poetry to create spaces of joy and representation for Black, queer audiences. Growing up in the rural South, she struggled to find her identity as a writer and as a person. But studying literature, creative writing, and African American Studies at UAB has clarified for Smith what role she wants to play in the world as an academic and creator. Now, as an adult and recent graduate, she has a clearer understanding of herself.

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