BUFFALO,NY—Imam Fajri Ansari and his wife Lavonne are being honored by the National Federation of Just Communities of Western New York for their interfaith work. They will presented with the award at a ceremony in Buffalo later this month, according to the Buffalo News.
Imam Ansari is the imam of Masjid Nu’man in Buffalo. He also has served as director of admissions for SUNY Buffalo State’s Educational Opportunities Program for more than 20 years and is the college’s head basketball coach, leading the team to the 2011 SUNYAC Division III Conference championship.
Lavonne Ansari, a graduate of SUNY Brockport, SUNY Buffalo State and UB, was the first Muslim African-American female vice president of Niagara County Community College. She has received many awards for her contributions to human rights, community involvement and education.