Five awards will be presented to community leaders during the Buffalo Branch NAACP’s 48th annual Medgar Evers Awards Banquet at 6 p.m. Sunday in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.
Lovely A. Warren, who became Rochester’s first female mayor in January, will be the keynote speaker. Warren, a 36-year-old attorney, was first elected to the Rochester City Council in 2007 and became the city’s youngest Council president in 2010.
This year’s award recipients are:
• Rufus Frasier Human Relations Award – Darnell Barton, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority bus driver who saved the life of a young woman perched on the edge of an expressway overpass last October. He was applauded for his action not only by the high school students aboard his bus, but also around the world after a security video of the incident was posted on the Internet.
Rufus Frasier Human Relations Award – Cedric R. Holloway, a 28-year veteran of the Buffalo Police Department and a member of the elite SWAT Team. The son of community activist Johnnie B. Wiley, he has earned numerous awards for heroism and service, including the Presidential Award of Merit from President Obama.
• Daniel Acker Community Service Award – Karima Amin, a teacher, educational consultant, community activist and professional storyteller. She has earned nearly 40 citations for community service and was given the Zora Neale Hurston Legacy Award in 2012 by the National Association of Black Storytellers.
• Daniel Acker Community Service Award – Harvest House, which provides numerous services from its Ministry Center at 175 Jefferson Ave., including Good Neighbors Health Care, a free medical service; the New Hope Education Center, which enrolls nearly 3,000 adult students; and the Baby and Children’s Ministry, which provides free baby and children’s clothing and furniture.
• Youth Award – Erielle Trueheart, who is active in Greater Refuge Temple of Christ and Girl Scout Troop 690. A graduate of the Buffalo Prep program and a sophomore at Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart, she is the co-founder of the Trinity Praise Dancers at her church and works as a Scout with Project Ben, a youth cancer awareness program.
WKBW-TV news reporter Kendra Eaglin will be emcee. Dinner chairman is the Rev. Terrence L. Melvin. Advance reservations are required and can be obtained by calling the NAACP office at 884-7242.