DAYTON, OH (1/14/11) – Sinclair will host the annual NIA awards in conjunction with the second annual Gospel Music Fest in order to bring people of all backgrounds together to embrace diversity.
The African American History committee established the Unsung Heroes award in 1990 in order to recognize the extraordinary efforts and good deeds done by African Americans who were associated with Sinclair. In 2001, the award was renamed the NIA Award, which means "purpose" in Swahili. The award is given to one member of each of the following categories: student, faculty, staff, community member, and Diversity Champion.
The recipients of the award are chosen based on their leadership and good deeds in order to uplift fellow African American students or Miami V alley citizens. The Diversity Champion award goes to a non-African American who promotes diversity and fits the above qualifications.
Last year, the NIA Awards were paired with the Sinclair Gospel Music Fest for the first time. This event brought people of diverse backgrounds together to celebrate gospel music, and hear songs that uplift and encourage the audience and have great historical significance.
The guest speaker for the event is Dr. Raymond Wise; a speaker, composer, conductor, educator, and specialist in African American art music as well as spirituals and gospel music. Wise has composed works for the Opera Columbus and is a nationally recognized guest conductor and speaker.
The event will take place on February 4 starting with a special rehearsal workshop at 4 p.m. with Dr. Wise, followed by a reception prior to the event at 6 p.m. The NIA Awards and Gos pel Music Fest program will start at 7 p.m. It will take place in the Charity Early Auditorium in Building 12 on Sinclair’s downtown Dayton campus.
For more information, please contact Daniel Greene at (937) 512-2341.