Doctor of Humane Letters
Chicago Theological Seminary
Chicago, IL, 2012 

Doctor of Humane Letters
Virginia Theological Seminary
Alexandria, VA, 2011 

Doctor of Humane Letters
Meadville Theological School of Lombard College
Chicago, IL,  2009

Doctor of Humane Letters
SUNY Geneseo
Geneseo, NY, 1998 


Search For Common Ground (2013)

11th Annual Humanitarian Award (2014)
Washington Choral Arts Society and Washington Performing Arts Society - Awarded At The Kennedy Center For the Arts, Washington, DC

2008 Frances and Wesley Bock Book Award for Children's Literature

We Are One 
by Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell,  illus. Brian Pinkney, Harcourt 2008

The award acknowledges Franciscan values in children's books. It is given based on criteria that includes text that is values-oriented, appeals to the child's sense of wonder and curiosity, is stimulating, pleasing, and promotes a moral attitude and/or action. 

Storytelling World Award

The Ballad of the Underground Railroad: The Story of Harriet Tubman
from Um Hmm, A Feast of African American Stories, Songs, and Poems
Audio Book by Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell