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Howard M. Solomon to Receive 2011 Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine Catalyst for Change Award

Howard M. Solomon of Bowdoinham, who has spent decades advocating for LGBT communities, will be the recipient of the 2011 Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine Catalyst for Change Award.

The Sampson Center Catalyst for Change Award acknowledges an individual who has been in the forefront for change regarding diversity, equality, and human and civil rights in Maine. Past recipients include Rabbi Harry Sky (2007), Dale McCormick (2008), Sallie Chandler (2009), and Allen Sockabasin (2010).

A retired professor of history at Tufts and later the University of Southern Maine, Solomon was scholar-in-residence for the Sampson Center’s LGBT Collection. In his latter role, he was invaluable to the development of the collection.

His scholarship and contribution to exhibitions and public programming empowered LGBT communities and other underrepresented groups in Maine. His work with EqualityMaine and Maine Initiatives reflects his wish to improve the lives of all.

Solomon will be honored at an awards dinner on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, at the Keeley Banquet Center, 178 Warren Ave., Portland, beginning at 5:30 p.m.  For tickets and further information please contact Susie R. Bock, 207-780-4269,