By CBS 62 Staff

The Niagara Foundation is giving its annual “Peace and Dialogue” Awards to four community leaders from across the state for public service, media, education and leadership in helping promote diversity at its annual event Thursday in Southfield.

CBS 62’s “Michigan Matters” senior producer and host Carol Cain, University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman, Daniel Krichbaum, director of Michigan’s Civil Right Commission; and Rev. Michail T. Curro, Executive Director of the Interfaith Center for Racial Justice are recipients of the 2012 Niagara Foundation. Awards.

Cain will receive the Niagara Media Award, Coleman the Niagara Education Award, Krichbaum the Niagara Leadership Award; and Curro the Niagara Peace Award.

“These awards publicly recognize the outstanding achievements of those recipients who have distinguished themselves in their profession, time, energy, expertise and service to humanity,” said Yasir Bilgin, executive director of the Niagara Foundation.

The international organization is dedicated to celebrating differences and recognizing those who help to remove barriers to have peace and harmony, “The awards are based on a variety of factors, including community service, education, community educational involvement, professional and community honors, business and professional leadership, media and educational honors.”

“In order for everyone rating to live peacefully, it is important for individuals to rise above differences that drive us apart or against each other,” Bilgin said. “The Niagara Foundation envisions a community where people from all walks interact with each other and cooperate to serve their communities.”

The event will be held at Embassy Suites in Southfield. For more visit


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