Advocate for poor, jazz historian to be honored by Human Relations Committee

A lifelong advocate for the disadvantaged and a jazz historian will be honored at the Human & Civil Rights Awards Dinner scheduled for 6 p.m., Friday, June 14 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel.

The annual event, hosted by the MTA Human Relations Committee, honors MTA members and others who have made substantial contributions in support of human and civil rights.

This year's honorees are:

Sister Ann Fox. A lifelong activist and advocate for the disadvantaged, underserved and at-risk of the world. She co-founded the Paraclete Foundation in South Boston in 1998 to provide educational enrichment opportunities to South Boston youth. Additionally, Sister Ann is the founder of the Maranyundo School for Girls in Nyamata, Rwanda. The Maranyundo School opened its doors in 2008 in a rural, underserved area of Rwanda with few secondary educational opportunities for girls. The goal of the school was not only to educate girls of the area beyond primary school but to strive for excellence and create a new generation of female leaders.

Mick Carlon. An author, teacher and jazz enthusiast who believes that jazz music is America’s greatest contribution to world culture. In his 27 years as an English teacher in Barnstable, he has used his passion for jazz to enrich the lives of young people. He is the author of two books, Riding on Duke’s Train and Little Fred and Louis, that introduce students to the world of Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong, as well as deliver strong messages about human relations, diversity issues and the importance of positive role models. Riding On Duke’s Train has attracted the interest of school districts interested in incorporating it into their curriculum, and has been praised by jazz historians and critics.

Cost is $60 per person.

Sheraton Framingham Hotel
1657 Worcester Street
Framingham, MA

Evening Attire

Friday, June 7, 2013

Online registration for the MTA Human & Civil Rights Dinner

Past HCR Awards Winners