State Senator Adam G. Hinds (D- Pittsfield) and State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier (D-Pittsfield) jointly announce that two Pittsfield residents were honored during a State House ceremony on Monday.

Ty Allan Jackson, local author, literacy advocate, publisher and motivational speaker and Shirley Edgerton, Founder & Director, Rites of Passage and Empowerment Program, Director, Youth Alive, Inc., and Cultural Proficiency Coach for the Pittsfield Public Schools were honored by the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus (MBLLC) with a 2019 Black Excellence on the Hill award.

Jackson was nominated for this recognition by Senator Hinds and Edgerton was nominated by Representative Farley-Bouvier.

The MBLLC celebrates Black History month and the leaders who make Massachusetts’ communities thrive annually.  The Black Excellence on the Hill Award is presented to local leaders, nominated by their state legislators, for their work in civic engagement, education, business and other notable fields.  It is a celebration of Black culture, excellence and achievement in the Commonwealth.

”We celebrate Black History Month as a United Legislative body recognizing the role of African Americans in our past and present day, I thank all our colleagues for partaking and recognizing local unsung heroes who are making a difference for us all,” said MBLLC Chair Representative Gonzalez.

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