SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Two distinguished members of the community received awards Saturday night. The Springfield Museums and the African Hall Subcommittee presented two African Americans from the Springfield area with awards that exemplify excellence.
Ruth Njiiri, Director of the African Hall Subcommittee, told 22News, “We look for people who have excelled in their careers and who have done excellent work in their communities.”
The Ubora award, and the Ahadi award are given to two African Americans who have made significant contributions to the Springfield community.
Anthony Hill of the African Hall Subcommittee told 22News, “The Ubora award stands for excellence. The Ahadi award stands for promise. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of individuals in our community who try to do their best to make the community better.”
This year marks the 25th annual Ubora celebration award, and the 7th annual Ahadi youth celebration award. Ahadi award winner David Bass is a junior with perfect attendance and a 3.9 GPA. Ubora award recipient Helen Caulton-Harris is commissioner of the division of health and human services for Springfield.
Caulton-Harris told 22News, “It is the most amazing feeling. This award is so special because it represents the history of the African American community.”
This is one of many prestigious awards given to Caulton-Harris. In 2015 she was selected as one of the 100 outstanding women of color from western Massachusetts and Connecticut.