A community activist was honored at the NAACP's annual awards banquet in Raleigh on Saturday night.
Lavonia Allison, president of the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People, received the N.C. NAACP's Humanitarian Award. Allison has headed the venerable Durham community group since 1997.
The award was scheduled to be presented by Patricia Timmons-Goodson, who became the first black woman to serve on the state Supreme Court last month. Gov. Mike Easley appointed her to an open seat.