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The African Hall Committee of the Springfield Museums is pleased to announce the recipients of the prestigious Ubora Award and Ahadi Youth Award, which will be presented at a special ceremony at the Museums on Saturday, September 16, at 6pm.
Lisa J. Green, PhD, a Distinguished Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is this year’s Ubora Award recipient, and Catherine Thompson, a 2023 graduate of Springfield Central High School who is headed to Johns Hopkins University, was chosen for the Ahadi Youth Award.
Named for the Swahili word meaning “excellence,” the Ubora Award has been awarded annually since 1992 to an African American adult who has demonstrated a commitment to Greater Springfield and has exhibited excellence in the fields of community service, education, science, humanities, or the arts.
The African Hall Committee of the Springfield Museums is a volunteer group comprising educators, businesspeople, and leaders from the Black community. In 2022, the recipients of the Ubora Award were Dr. Gerald B. Cutting and Carol Moore Cutting, and Kayla Staley was the recipient of the Ahadi Youth Award. Click here for a complete list of all Ubora and Ahadi recipients.
Sponsored by Baystate Health and the Urban League of Springfield, the 2023 Ubora and Ahadi Awards Ceremony is open to the public; click here for tickets ($20 per person, $15 for children under 12), or to make a donation to the Ahadi Scholarship Fund.