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Four community leaders, two students to be honored at Sojourner luncheon

Four community leaders and two students will be honored as the Buffalo Club of the National Association of the Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs holds its 56th annual Sojourner Truth Award and Founder’s Day Luncheon at noon Saturday in the Holiday Inn, 1881 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.

The honorees are:

• Catherine Fisher Collins, an associate professor at SUNY Empire State College in Buffalo, will receive the Sojourner Truth Award. Widely recognized for her work in health care for homeless, incarcerated and African American women, she has authored numerous books and other publications and hosts a twice-monthly radio show on WWWS 1400 AM devoted entirely to women’s health.

• Rev. Edward Jackson Jr., pastor of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, will be given the Man of the Year Award. In addition to his pastoral duties, he is a licensed clinical behavioral therapist and provides counseling and medical social work assistance to patients from all backgrounds in community health centers in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Lockport.

• Antoinette Davis, owner of Antoinette’s Angels Quality Child Care Inc., will be presented with the Business Award. A child care provider for more than 30 years, she has worked to improve the quality of child care and founded a nonprofit organization that offers professional development training, mentoring and consultation for child care operations.

• Dr. Wesley L. Hicks Jr., chairman of the Department of Head and Neck Surgical Fellowship Program at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, will receive the Professional Award. Named one of the top physicians in the nation by Black Enterprise magazine, he is a professor of surgery and bioengineering at the University at Buffalo’s Jacobs School of Medicine and has a special interest in tissue engineering and wound healing.

Scholar Incentive Awards will be given to Terron Garnet Brown, a senior honor roll student at City Honors School who plans to study biology or computer science in college and become a pediatrician; and Desmond M. Nicholas, a Canisius High School senior honor roll student and All-Catholic champion in track and field, who plans to earn a master’s degree in business administration.