AUBURN — Roberta Williams said she was humbled to receive an award named after iconic abolitionist and famed Auburn resident Harriet Tubman.
Williams, a lawyer who has worked with women who have been mistreated in relationships, and a partner with Auburn law firm WHMB, said she was honored to be a recipient at the Harriet Tubman Freedom Awards Gospel Brunch at the Holiday Inn in Auburn Saturday.
“To be a woman walking after Harriet Tubman is something we can all be proud of,” Williams said.
The awards are part of the Harriet Tubman Freedom Music Festival, which held its third annual event in Auburn later Saturday. Williams, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, TV news anchor Jennifer Sanders and film producer Mahagony Brown were among the women honored at the awards. Festival founder, businessman and choreographer Sean McLeod said he believes the honorees possess the same characteristics as Tubman.
“The objective was to find selfless people and bring attention to the work that they were doing, very much like Harriet Tubman herself was noted for doing,” McLeod said.