SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Three Springfield area residents received prestigious honors on Saturday night at the Springfield Quadrangle.
The African Hall Subcommittee of the Springfield Museums presented their annual Ubora Award and Ahadi Youth Award.
The Ubora Award, which means "excellence" in Swahili, is given to an African American who's made significant contributions to the Springfield area. And the Ahadi Youth Award is given to an African American young person with strong character, leadership and good grades.
22News talked to both sets of honorees, who explained what it means to have such a high-honor
“It was a real honor because I didn't realize we were going to get honored. We just do every day one at a time and then we don't realize people are noticing you, and they say, geez, that's somebody we should probably recognize,” said Ubora Award recipient Bob Glasgow.
“There were times in my life when people gave to me. It's always time to give back,” said fellow recipient Katie Glasgow.
Katie and Bob Glasgow volunteer for 17 different local agencies.
Raekwon Wheeler, who won the Youth Award, is in the top 5% of his class and is a news anchor for Springfield Central High School's television station.