Monday, May 17, 2010

African-American Historical Society, hold awards program

NEW HAVEN — The Rev. Al Sharpton will be a special honoree when the African-American Historical Society, Inc. holds it 7th annual Lifetime Awards Program at 4 p.m. June 12 at Charles Garner Recital Hall in Engleman Hall at Southern Connecticut State University.
The event also will include community awards to Jim Barber and Bernice Bowman and tributes to Dr. Dorothy Height and Benjamin Hooks.

Bernice Bowman began in the political arena with the successful neighborhood opposition to proposed landfill in the Allingtown section of West Haven, where she lives. One of her priorities has always been to help better her community.
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.
He has also been repeatedly elected to the executive board of the U.S. Track Coaches Association.

A buffet reception will follow. There is no charge for admission. For more information call: (203) 562-6238 or (203) 469-8482

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