College of Arts and Sciences


Hayes Mizell Research Award

The Hayes Mizell Research Award is given annually to two students in African American Studies for exceptional research and writing projects that use the M. Hayes Mizell Papers, housed at the Manuscript Division of the Caroliniana Library. The awardee will receive a $500 stipend for their research and writing.

Criteria for Award

  1. Applicants must be a junior or senior African American Studies major or minor.
  2. Submit a one-page proposal describing the direction of the proposed research and highlight a possible faculty mentor. For more detailed information about the archival holdings in the collection, examine the collection Finding Aid: M. Hayes Mizell Papers, 1952-2005, University of South Carolina.
  3. The proposed research project does not have to focus on Mizell’s career. The student need only use the Mizell Hayes Papers to complete their research paper.
  4. A final version of the research paper must be completed and approved by an AFAM Studies faculty member.

Hayes Mizell

During a brief stint as a history graduate student at the University of South Carolina in the early 1960s, Hayes Mizell participated in sit-ins at segregated lunch counters and peaceful demonstrations to fully integrate the university campus. His student activism drew Mizell away from a life in academia and into a position as director of the National Student Association’s Southern Student Human Relations Project. As director of this project, Mizell promoted student activism and civil rights work on various southern college campuses. In 1966, Mizell began a long relationship with the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker organization committed to social justice, when joined their Desegregation Task Force. His initial position was as a program representative monitoring desegregation in South Carolina, and for the next 20 years, Mizell worked with AFSC in various capacities, including continued desegregation monitoring locally and nationally, work on the improvement of public education throughout the state of South Carolina, and advocacy for disadvantaged youth. Based on his many years of public service, the M. Hayes Mizell Papers offer extensive primary materials in the areas of civil rights, school desegregation, educational reform, and child advocacy.