2013 Carter G. Woodson Memorial Award
For more than a quarter of a century, Dr. Judylynn Mitchell has applied her many creative talents to the celebration and teaching of African American History. Indeed, she has been a virtual African American History dynamo. She has written and directed plays, written poems, articles and curriculum about African American History; and hosted a children's TV program. Born and raised on Maryland's Eastern Shore, a place rich in African American History. Dr. Mitchell was educated in public schools, earned her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Bowie State University, her Master's in Reading from Bowling Green University and a Doctorate in Education from Nova Southeastern University.
She is currently an administrator in the Wicomico County Public School System. Dr. Mitchell serves as host for "Story Time," a television reading program for children on the PAC 14 Public Access Network serving Wicomico County and surrounding areas. She also served as the host of "Land of Books," a children’s television reading program for nine years on the Comcast Cable Network.
A prolific writer, Dr. Mitchell has written over 75 newspaper articles and booklets on a wide range of African American History topics, including "Martin Luther King, Jr. Helped Poor and Oppressed," "Harriet Tubman, Her Peoples Moses," and "Women’s Rights Champion—Mary Church Terrell." She also co-authored, with Dr. Molefi Kete Asante, the Classical Africa Activity Book and made significant contributions to the elementary workbook, Science Anytime:African American Scientists.. As a member of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum Educational Task Force, she contributed to the African American Journey, A Resource for Learning the History of African Americans in Maryland and the United States, a curriculum for grades 4-12. In addition, Dr. Mitchell has served as an advisor/reviewer for several publishers, including Harcourt Brace, Houghton Mifflin and Peoples Publishing Company. Her theatrical works include: "Yesterday’s Women: Gone But Not Forgotten"; "Kwanzaa: A Village Reborn", "Juneteenth" and "The Last Mile of the Way." The production of her "I'm All Cried Out: Peace In The Midst Of the Storm," was held at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 2010, received outstanding reviews and raised thousands of dollars for community and church youth programs.(Download PDF, 310 KB)
- Susan Anglada Bartley
- Judylynn Bailey-Mitchell
- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II
- Peter Brown
- President James Earl "Jimmy" Carter
- William Hensley
- Blaine Kamalani Kia
- Cyndi Lauper
- Missouri National Education Association
- Ernesto Nieto
- Congressman Ed Pastor
- Senator Geraldine F. Thompson