Awards & Honors

  • 1939: NAACP Spingarn Medal
  • 1963: Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • 1973: University of Pennsylvania Glee Club Award of Merit
  • 1973: National Women’s Hall of Fame
  • 1977: United Nations Peace Prize
  • 1977: New York City – Handel Medallion
  • 1977: Congressional Gold Medal
  • 1978: Kennedy Center Honors
  • 1980: United States Treasury Department gold commemorative medal
  • 1984: Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award of the City of New York
  • 1986: National Medal of Arts
  • 1991: Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Honorary doctorate from Howard University, Temple University, Smith College