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University of Massachusetts professor, Amherst School Committee member Amilcar Shabazz to be recognized with award


Amilcar Shabazz, pictured in 2012 with his wife Demetria and his son Hosea, will be honored for his leadership in diversity issues.

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Amilcar Shabazz, pictured in 2012 with his wife Demetria and his son Hosea, will be honored for his leadership in diversity issues. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO Purchase photo reprints »

Shabazz, a professor in the W.E.B. DuBois Department of Afro-American Studies, will receive a Common Ground award from UnityFirst.com, a communications consulting group that distributes diversity-related news electronically, at the MassMutual Center in Springfield at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Shabazz is also a member of the Amherst School Committee and faculty advisor to UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy.

Janine Fondon, president and CEO of UnityFirst.com, said in a statement that the event will honor people who are inclusive leaders and role models for corporations and communities.

“The city, commonwealth and country will be better off because of the leadership demonstrated by the Common Ground awardees,” Fondon said.

The awards go to people who inspire families, professionals, executives and business owners to focus on diversity, leadership, excellence and success, according to a letter Fondon wrote to Shabazz.

“The awardees, who are chosen by UnityFirst.com based on demonstrated leadership and/or submissions by community members, are local legacy leaders who are achievers at various levels and stages of their careers and disciplines,” Fondon wrote.

The event also coincides with National Small Business Week, where there will be recognition of entrepreneurs, diversity and minority enterprises and women-owned businesses.

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