NAACP’s Dr. Hazel N. Dukes Receives ‘City Spirit’ Award From New York Knicks And HUB International

by Gee NY

Dr. Hazel N. Dukes, President of the NAACP New York State Conference, was honored with the prestigious Sweetwater Clifton “City Spirit” Award during the MLK Day game on January 15 at Madison Square Garden.

This award, presented by the New York Knicks and HUB International, recognizes individuals making a significant impact through outstanding community involvement.

Dr. Dukes, a respected leader and member of the NAACP National Board of Directors, has a dedicated history of championing human rights and equality.

Her influence extends across various NAACP board sub-committees, showcasing her commitment to linking business, government, and social causes for the betterment of New York State.

The Sweetwater Clifton “City Spirit” Award not only acknowledges Dr. Dukes’ exemplary service but also comes with a meaningful contribution. In recognition of her impactful work, the Knicks and HUB International are donating $10,000 to the NAACP New York State Conference.

Kevin Bradley, Vice President of HUB Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Community, expressed admiration for both Dr. Dukes and Melissa D’Andrea Sullivan, Executive Director of PFLAG NYC, who received the award on January 9th.

Bradley highlighted their exceptional dedication to community empowerment and their roles as inspiring examples for others.

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The award is named after Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton, the first African American to play for the Knicks, emphasizing its significance in recognizing those who carry forward a legacy of positive community influence.

Dr. Dukes, through her dynamic leadership, continues to play a pivotal role in enhancing the quality of life in New York State.

As the “City Spirit” Award shines a spotlight on community champions, it reaffirms the profound impact that individuals like Dr. Hazel N. Dukes have on creating a more inclusive and empowered society.

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