Monet Timmons is the recipient of the inaugural Rudolph P. Byrd Scholarship. Byrd was the Goodrich C. White Professor of American Studies and served as the director of the Department of African American Studies for many years. The scholarship supports an Emory College of Arts and Sciences student who demonstrates leadership activities that address social, political, cultural and professional issues in the African American community at Emory.
Timmons double-majored in English and African American Studies. Originally from San Francisco, she decided to pursue her undergraduate career in Atlanta in order to get a better grounding in African American history and combine that with her passion for literature. In her time at Emory, Monet took a number of classes cross-listed between the English and African American Studies departments, ranging from Black Love to the Civil Rights Movement to Blackness in Europe. Moreover, she has utilized the archives available at the Rose Library through the Reading Alice Walker class and the New Negro Renaissance course. After graduation, Timmons will pursue her PhD in English with a concentration in African diaspora literature.
Deeply involved on campus, Timmons was the secretary on the NAACP executive board. In this capacity, she reached out to faculty, staff, and students through weekly newsletters updating them on upcoming events. Her work with the NAACP allowed her to cofound events such as Black Girls Rock, an award show honoring black women on campus. She takes her activism and passion for education for underrepresented groups beyond Emory through the Emory Pipeline Collaborative. Through weekly classes, Timmons reached out to high school students in the Atlanta public school system and inspired them to apply to college.