Alcorn State University’s Dr. Anne-Marie Obilade is one of 30 educators to be honored for their contributions to humanities.

Obilade, an associate professor of English, is Alcorn’s 2024 Mississippi Humanities Council Teacher of the Year. She will receive her award at the Council’s annual ceremony on Friday, March 22, at the Two Mississippi Museums in Jackson, where the recipients will be recognized for bringing insights into the humanities to public audiences.

“My heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Obilade on receiving 2024 Humanities Teacher Award,” said Dr. Babu Patlolla, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “It’s a well-deserved award for Dr. Obilade. She loves teaching and always incorporates new ideas in her classroom, and this award will give her added encouragement to continue best practices in her classroom.”

Obilade will deliver a lecture titled “Using the Graphic Novel in the Introduction of Literature Classroom” on Thursday, February 1, at 12:30 p.m. in the Dumas Hall Auditorium, Room 107.

“I am deeply honored and grateful to receive this acknowledgment from the Mississippi Humanities Council and my university,” said Obilade. “Literature has always been my passion and to share my work with my colleagues is truly a privilege and a joy. I am thankful to all who have helped me come this far in my academic career.”

She received her doctorate in English from Southern Illinois University in 2004. Her areas of interest are Middle English Literature, Nineteenth Century British Literature, and 20th Century Children’s Literature. She is a 2014 William Winter Scholar recipient and often teaches the British Literature Survey Classes in the department.

Obilade served as interim chair of the Department of English, Languages, and Mass Communication from fall 2020 to spring 2023 and has taught at Alcorn State University for nearly 20 years.

Tickets for the Mississippi Humanities Council Public Humanities Awards ceremony and reception are $50 each and may be purchased through the MHC website or by sending a check to the Mississippi Humanities Council, 3825 Ridgewood Road, Room 317, Jackson, Miss. 39211.