This is a list of awards dedicated to honoring or recognizing African Americans.
- BCALA Literary Awards (Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Awards). Annual literary award from the American Library Association, Black Caucus, which honors "outstanding works of fiction and nonfiction for adult audiences by African American authors"
- Coretta Scott King Award (annual literary award from the American Library Association given to African American authors and illustrators)
- NAACP Image Awards (given by the NAACP annually to people of color)
- Spingarn Medal
- Golden Eagle Award, Afro-American in the Arts
- Candace Award, National Coalition of 100 Black Women
- Shelia Award (alt. spelling "Sheila Award"), Harriet Tubman African American Museum
- Langston Hughes Medal
- The BET Honors, which celebrates the lives and achievements of African American luminaries.
- Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics
- NAACP Theatre Awards
- William E. Harmon Foundation award for distinguished achievement among Negroes
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