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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: May 1, 2000

Peace Awards Honor
Basketball Star, Author

Sacramento resident and NBA star Kevin Johnson, and best-selling author Cornell West are this year's recipients of the Africa Peace Education Award from California State University, Sacramento's Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution. The awards will be presented at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 6 at the Masonic Temple, 1123 J Street.

Johnson is being honored for "distinguished service and persistent leadership in urban community renewal and outstanding contribution in creating positive alternatives for young African American males in Sacramento," says Ernest Uwazie, center director. Johnson founded the St. Hope Academy, an after-school program that provides educational, cultural and spiritual opportunities for disadvantaged youth. He recently came out of retirement to rejoin the Phoenix Suns basketball team.

West, author of the bestseller Race Matters, is being recognized for his "distinguished scholarship and erudite contributions in the area of peace and multiculturalism," says Uwazie. West is a prominent lecturer and philosopher, and is a professor of African American studies and religion at Harvard University. The Chicago Sun-Times describes Race Matters as a look at the "loss of hope and disregard for human (especially black) life" West says afflicts America.

Previous Peace award recipients include Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

The awards dinner and dance is a benefit for the Summer 2000 Youth Peace and Cultural Education Program in Ghana. Tickets are $30 for dinner and $45 for dinner and a reception, in advance, and $35 and $50 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Uwazie at (916) 278-6282.


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