Springfield man receives local honor

The word "Ubora" means "excellence" in Swahili

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Saturday night, a Springfield born man received a prestigious honor at the Springfield Quadrangle.

Jay Griffin was honored with the Ubora Award. It’s given annually to an African American who’s made significant contributions to the Springfield area.

Jay worked as a consultant to the Hampden County Sheriff Department. His history of community service dates back to 1969 as one of the founders of “Harambee”, an African American festival in the city. He’s also the co-founder of the Stone Soul festival.

Griffin told 22News, “I have provided community celebrations and honored other folks in the community for the last 40 years. I’d like to think that our contribution to improve the quality of life for people in the Springfield area is worthy of receiving this honor.”

The word “Ubora” means “excellence” in Swahili.


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