In 2013, James Phillips was interviewed for his inclusion in the records of an organization named The HistoryMakers.

"Since 1999, The HistoryMakers has been recording African American oral histories to refashion a more inclusive record of American history and to educate and enlighten millions worldwide.

A HistoryMaker is an African American who has made a significant contribution in some area of American life or culture or who has been associated with a particular movement or organization that is important in the African American community."