Nell received the Bishop's Cross for "fully engaging at every level in the struggle for equality and civil rights in the US, in our church, and African states." Presented at Diocesan Convention, New York November 4th, 2016
Empire State College Distinguished Alumna Award presented to Nell Braxton Gibson for "advocating for civil rights," and for her "deep conviction to social justice at home and on the international stage, giving a voice to the powerless and making it her life's work."
The Union of Black Episcopalians presented Nell Braxton Gibson with the Verna Josephine Dozier Award on July 2, 2014 in recognition of her faithful service, devotion and leadership
Accepting the President of the House of Deputies' Medallion for Exemplary Service at the Episcopal Urban Caucus 2012 Annual Assembly
Episcopal Church Women's Award Presented to Nell Braxton Gibson for her humanitarian achievements and commitment to women's issues in the Church
Manhattan Country School Living the Dream Award 2009 Presented to Nell Braxton Gibson as a "believer in social justice, she embodies the past, present and future of MCS' mission and serves as a model to our students."
Union of Black Episcopalians Absalom Jones Award, 2009 Presented to Nell Braxton Gibson in recognition of her leadership within the Episcopal Church
Transformational Fellow 2007 Nell Braxton Gibson was honored for her work for social transformation in metropolitan New York, and nationally for nearly 50 years
Who's Who Among African Americans 1994-1995 Nell Braxton Gibson was selected for inclusion for her significant civic and professional contributions to American society
Union of Black Episcopalians President's Award, 1991 Awarded to Nell Braxton Gibson for her national and international commitment to alleviating oppression throughout the African diaspora
Doctor of Divinity honoris causa, 1985 Presented at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University Awarded to Nell Braxton Gibson for her work in bringing more women and people of color onto the Board