The New Britain chapter of the NAACP held its 36th annual Freedom Fund Dinner on Saturday, October 8, to recognize the city’s 25 most influential black residents. State Senator Gary Holder Winfield served as the keynote speaker.
Chapter president Ron Davis explained that 2016 is the first year the organization has compiled such a list, with plans to honor an additional 25 individuals every two years. “This is a time for us to celebrate the African-American community, many of whom are young people,” Davis said. “They come from all walks of life, from the education field to the political arena to religion.”
Among those honored was Goodwin College’s Career Specialist for Employer Relations Emmanuel (Manny) Sanchez, who is also a New Britain alderman. His work with state companies to form relationships that create pathways for Goodwin graduates into meaningful careers is a critical part of the student support services at the College.
Sanchez’s work ethic, service, and commitment to helping others have made him a successful member of all of the communities with which he is involved. The NAACP recognition is the latest in a number of accolades that include selection as a 2014 “40 Under 40” honoree by Connecticut Magazine and one of eight top Latino leaders in the state by CT Latino News.
The NAACP award is no surprise to Goodwin president Mark Scheinberg. “Manny has a true gift for bringing different communities together and helping them to work for a common purpose,” he says. “In that respect, he is a perfect example of Goodwin’s mission to bridge education, commerce, and community.”
“It is truly an honor and a privilege to accept such a notable award from the NAACP; it means a lot to me,” said Sanchez. “As a biracial individual, I have done my very best to serve my community.”
The Goodwin College community is proud to congratulate one of its finest on this well deserved honor.