Representative Antonio F. D. Cabral (D-New Bedford) nominated John “Buddy” Andrade for the 2020 “Black Excellence on the Hill” award, as part of this past Tuesday’s ceremony hosted by the Massachusetts Black & Latino Legislative Caucus.

Andrade, a Cape Verdean American, was recognized alongside prominent black community leaders from across the state, who were being honored for their work in their respective communities at the event held at the State House in Boston.

Born in New Bedford, Buddy Andrade has dedicated his career to numerous youth, education, employment, and environmental justice programs throughout the city. Andrade notably served in the United States Marine Corps from 1967-1971. He previously served as a member of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and currently serves as the President of the Minority Action Committee and the Executive Director of Old Bedford Village Development in New Bedford.

“Buddy is a strong, tenacious community activist and it was a privilege to nominate him for this prestigious award,” said Rep. Cabral. “I’ve worked with Buddy for many years and I can speak to his ability to bring important issues to the forefront, particularly around environmental justice and workforce diversity. Our city cannot thank him enough for his unrelenting dedication to lifting up others through advocacy.”

Black Excellence on the Hill Day is a celebration of black culture, excellence, and achievement in Massachusetts.

Courtesy Rep. Cabral's Office
Courtesy Rep. Cabral's Office

Information from the Office of Rep. Antonio Cabral (D)-New Bedford

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