September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 14, 2010 at 8:24 AM EDT

By WKBW Admin

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 14, 2010 at 8:24 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- The event was held in the grand ballroom at the Buffalo Convention Center. The organization is celebrating 95 years of civil rights progress. Former first Assistant Superintendent of the Erie County Holding Center was the keynote speaker. He stressed the importance of parents getting involved in their children's education. Tonight's' event was all about honoring community builders.

"We have so many people in our community that go out and work without any recognition, without any adulation. We had hundreds of these types of people and no one seems to single out those people," said Cliff Suggs, the dinner chair for the event.

"We're looking for those people that go the extra mile, do that volunteering, get involved in the community...those are the people that we're awarding tonight," said Frank Mesiah, President of the NAACP Buffalo Chapter.

Six trail-blazing members of the community received awards tonight:

Evangelist Anita Williams - Community Service Awardee
Major Henry Williams Jr. - Community Service Awardee
Reverend Ronald Sajdak - Human Relations Awardee
Barbara Breckenridge - Human Relations Awardee
Chelsea Wooten-Cerre - Youth Awardee
Cliff Suggs - Medgar Evers Civil Rights Awardee