The event also will include community awards to Jim Barber and Bernice Bowman and tributes to Dr. Dorothy Height and Benjamin Hooks.
Bowman is the first African-American woman to service as president of the West Haven Federation of Democratics. She has received a leadership award from the Connecticut Democratic Party. She is a past president of the Sojourner Network of Women, an organization that also has awarded her and the first African-American woman from West Haven to serve on the Democratic National Committee from Connecticut.
Barber has donated many years of his time, talents and energy to his community, and also was the head coach for the women's track team at SCSU, and he has been the recipient of numerous awards, among them the Service Award from the United States Track Association and the Alumni Association at SCSU and the Alumni Service Award.