The Buffalo Branch NAACP's 51st annual Medgar Evers Awards Gala will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The keynote speaker will be Clayola Brown, president of the A. Philip Randolph Institute.
At the dinner:
- The Medgar Evers Civil Rights Award will be presented to Stephanie Barber Geter, director of SUNY Buffalo State's Head Start Partnership, who's spent more than 30 years in community service, including as president of the Hamlin Park Taxpayers Association and chairwoman of the Restoring Our Community Coalition.
- The Daniel R. Acker Community Service Award will be presented to Tiffany R. Lewis, owner of Skin Deep Beauty Spa, whose community work includes volunteering with the American Cancer Society's Look Good Feel Better program and who also launched a mentoring and empowerment program for girls.
- The Rufus Frasier Human Relations Award will be presented to Kanasha L.N. Blue, a veteran of the Afghanistan conflict whose volunteer work included organizing a drive for personal care items for local workers there as well as another drive for deployed troops this past March through the Mary Kay business that the state Department of Labor service representative also runs.
- A Youth Award will be presented to Tyler Horton, 2017 salutatorian at Health Sciences Charter School, whose volunteer and leadership work at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church and in the Boy Scouts helped earn the National Honor Society member the highest rank of Eagle Scout.
- A Youth Award will be presented to Anthony Wiley Jr., an Erie Community College student who also attained the rank of Eagle Scout, led an 82-mile scouting trek in New Mexico and whose volunteer work includes playing drums and helping in the food pantry at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church.