2016 Rev. John C. Holland Awards

  Jamila Abrams is moved to tears after accepting her Hamilton Community News Award for Youth Achievement at the Rev.  John C. Holland Awards at Michelangelo Banquet Centre Saturday night. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the awards which traditionally launch Black History month in Hamilton.Photo by Scott Gardner, The Hamilton Spectator

Jamila Abrams is moved to tears after accepting her Hamilton Community News Award for Youth Achievement at the Rev. John C. Holland Awards at Michelangelo Banquet Centre Saturday night. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the awards which traditionally launch Black History month in Hamilton.Photo by Scott Gardner, The Hamilton Spectator

 Alexandria Montague gives her acceptance speech after winning the Hamilton Community News Youth Award . Photo by Scott Gardner, The Hamilton Spectator

Alexandria Montague gives her acceptance speech after winning the Hamilton Community News Youth Award . Photo by Scott Gardner, The Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton City Councillor Matt Green presents a special award at the Rev.  John C. Holland Awards at Michelangelo Banquet Centre Saturday night. Photo by Scott Gardner, The Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton City Councillor Matt Green presents a special award at the Rev. John C. Holland Awards at Michelangelo Banquet Centre Saturday night. Photo by Scott Gardner, The Hamilton Spectator

 Evelyn Myrie, co-chair of the Rev. John C. Holland Awards looks on as Hamilton City Councillor Matt Green honors her for her  dedication to the awards at the awards gala at Michelangelo Banquet Centre Saturday night. .Photo by Scott Gardner, The Hamilton Spectator

Evelyn Myrie, co-chair of the Rev. John C. Holland Awards looks on as Hamilton City Councillor Matt Green honors her for her dedication to the awards at the awards gala at Michelangelo Banquet Centre Saturday night. .Photo by Scott Gardner, The Hamilton Spectator

Kayonne Christy (left) and Kermeisha Williams (right) pose with Evelyn Myrie and  Hamilton City Councillor Matt Green after the pair were awarded the Evelyn Myrie Political Action award at the Rev.  John C. Holland Awards at Michelangelo Banquet Centre Saturday night. Photo by Scott Gardner, The Hamilton Spectator

Kayonne Christy (left) and Kermeisha Williams (right) pose with Evelyn Myrie and Hamilton City Councillor Matt Green after the pair were awarded the Evelyn Myrie Political Action award at the Rev. John C. Holland Awards at Michelangelo Banquet Centre Saturday night. Photo by Scott Gardner, The Hamilton Spectator

Evelyn Myrie, co-chair of the Rev. John C. Holland Awards is congratulated by colleague Michael Highgate after Myrie was honored for her  dedication to the awards at the awards gala at Michelangelo Banquet Centre Saturday night. Photo by Scott Gardner, The Hamilton Spectator

Evelyn Myrie, co-chair of the Rev. John C. Holland Awards is congratulated by colleague Michael Highgate after Myrie was honored for her dedication to the awards at the awards gala at Michelangelo Banquet Centre Saturday night. .Photo by Scott Gardner, The Hamilton Spectator

Rev.  John C. Holland Awards co-chairs Evelyn Myrie (left) and Marlene Thomas are  honoured  during the awards gala at Michelangelo Banquet Centre Saturday night. Photo by Scott Gardner, The Hamilton Spectator

Rev. John C. Holland Awards co-chairs Evelyn Myrie (left) and Marlene Thomas are honoured during the awards gala at Michelangelo Banquet Centre Saturday night. Photo by Scott Gardner, The Hamilton Spectator

 Jason Portuondo was the host of the Rev.  John C. Holland Awards at Michelangelo Banquet Centre Saturday night. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the awards which traditionally launch Black History month in Hamilton.Photo by Scott Gardner, The Hamilton Spectator

Jason Portuondo was the host of the Rev. John C. Holland Awards at Michelangelo Banquet Centre Saturday night. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the awards which traditionally launch Black History month in Hamilton.Photo by Scott Gardner, The Hamilton Spectator

 Rahma Ahmed Abdi is overcome with emotion while giving her acceptance speech after receiving her Hamilton Spectator Youth Award at the Rev.  John C. Holland Awards at Michelangelo Banquet Centre Saturday night. Photo by Scott Gardner, The Hamilton Spectator

Rahma Ahmed Abdi is overcome with emotion while giving her acceptance speech after receiving her Hamilton Spectator Youth Award at the Rev. John C. Holland Awards at Michelangelo Banquet Centre Saturday night. Photo by Scott Gardner, The Hamilton Spectator

Adrienne Shadd, winner of the Jackie Washington Award for the Arts.Photo by Scott Gardner, The Hamilton Spectator

Adrienne Shadd, winner of the Jackie Washington Award for the Arts.Photo by Scott Gardner, The Hamilton Spectator

 Edward Lartey was the winner of the Community Service Award at the Rev.  John C. Holland Awards at Michelangelo Banquet Centre Saturday night.Photo by Scott Gardner, The Hamilton Spectator

Edward Lartey was the winner of the Community Service Award at the Rev. John C. Holland Awards at Michelangelo Banquet Centre Saturday night.Photo by Scott Gardner, The Hamilton Spectator

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