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2007 Outstanding Alumni Award from Syracuse University

It has been almost 30 years since I first set foot on the Syracuse University Campus during, what I believe was, the 1st Empire State Games. I was a gymnast representing the New York City Region.

Even as a kid from the big city I was overwhelmed by the size and facilities offered by the University. SU was the first major university campus I ever visited; and this is the primary reason I chose to apply. I applied early admission and never seriously considered another school.

This is way I’m very honored to be selected a recipient of this year’s Outstanding Alumni Award. I was nominated and recommended by some very special people in the publishing industry.

September 24, 2007

Dear Troy:

On behalf of the Office of Alumni Relations, please accept my congratulations on your acceptance of the 2007 Outstanding Alumni Award. Syracuse University is proud of your loyalty and commitment and is honored to call you an alumnus.


Troy D. Johnson is the President, founder and webmaster of, LLC (The African American Literature Book Club). Launched in March of 1998, has grown to become the largest and most frequently visited website dedicated to books and films by and about people of African descent.