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Hamblett, Evora to get RICJ Awards

November 8, 2011

Rhode Island for Community and Justice (RICJ) will recognize Christopher `Topher’ Hamblett and Michael Evora on Wednesday for their outstanding contributions to Rhode Island and beyond.

Hamblett and Evora will receive the Community and Justice Award. Their awards will be granted at 5:30 p.m. at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

Evora, a Pawtucket native, is executive director of the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights. In addition to his work at the commission, Evora is a member of the RI Civil Rights Roundtable and a member of the Juvenile Justice Advisory consortium. A graduate of  Dartmouth College and Yale University Law School, Evora is also director of the Prism of Praise Community Gospel Choir.

Hamblett, of Barrington, is the founder and president of the Foundation for West Africa, a non-profit organization he formed in 2005 following the long civil wars in that area. Hamblett, a onetime Peace Corps Volunteer, works to build independent radio stations in Sierra Leone and Liberia based on the National Public Radio model. Hamblett has also been active on the board of Rhode Island Public Radio here in Providence, for which we here at RIPR are eternally grateful.  Hamblett has also been active with the Save the Bay environmental group.

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