Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts (CBMM) will recognize Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Harvard University’s S. Allen Counter with the Paul Robeson Leadership Award for their “leadership and community service” at CBMM’s 2007 Andrew J. Davis Jr. Unity Breakfast. The event will take place on Saturday (April 14) from 9 a.m. to noon at the Cambridge Center Marriott in Kendall Square.
Counter is the founding director of the Harvard Foundation of Harvard University. He is also a neurophysiologist at Harvard Medical School and Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. He has served the University as a professor and administrator for 20 years.
The Harvard Foundation was established in 1980 to improve intercultural understanding, equality, and peace among students, faculty, and the entire University community. The foundation sponsors and conducts more than 200 student and faculty programs each year that serve to inform the Harvard community on matters of culture, ethnicity, and international concerns.
Counter regularly presents a lecture series at universities and other institutions on his work in scientific exploration. He is currently working to establish a memorial to African-American slaves. He is also working on films based on his books about international exploration and completing new books on intercultural and race relations and on neurobiology.
CBMM, a private not-for-profit organization, is committed to preparing young men for productive roles in the community. The organization’s mission is to sponsor and engage in activities that “reaffirm the viability of the black male” and contribute to the improvement of Boston and its surrounding communities.
The Unity Breakfast is the major annual fundraising event for CBMM. Proceeds from the breakfast support numerous CBMM organizational programs and youth initiatives.
The CBMM event will take place April 14 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Cambridge Center Marriott in Kendall Square. Tickets are $30 in advance; $40 at the door. For advance tickets and information, call New Image Associates, (617) 541-8642.