Nzinga Center to honor area leaders

Published on Friday, 31 March 2017 22:19


NEW BRITAIN – The Queen Ann Nzinga Center, Inc. on Sunday will host its 8th Annual Connie Wilson Collins Exceptional Women Concert honoring civic leaders from New Britain, Plainville and other central Connecticut communities.

The celebration will include live music, poetry, dance and tributes to the honorees. Renowned soul singer Betty Harris, Nzinga’s Daughters and the QANC Watoto Youth program will be among the performers, according to organizers.

The event was renamed in 2014 to honor the late Constance “Connie” Renee Wilson Collins, an African-American woman recognized for her “lasting contribution to the Greater New Britain community,” said Dayna Snell, executive director of the Queen Ann Nzinga Center. “(She) worked to help people reach their full potential through her work in political, spiritual, fraternal and nonprofit organizations. Her legacy continues to inspire youth to aim high and use their talents for the good of the community.”

The Queen Ann Nzinga Center is a nonprofit arts and humanities organization that emphasizes artistic expression and teamwork to help children and teens “reach their full potential,” Snell said.

Sunday’s program will honor eight area women – New Britain’s Tonilynn Collins and Jody Davis; Kim Tenore Hackett of Meriden; Kimberly James, Ph.D. of Bloomfield; Lisa Nkonoki of Farmington; Barbara T. Petit of Plainville; Aljea Rosario of Hartford; and Cindy Scoville of Plymouth.

Snell said the event gives girls in the PRIDE program an opportunity to learn about successful local women and celebrate their accomplishments. PRIDE was designed to work with girls between the ages of 7 and 17 in encouraging positive growth and development through structured arts and humanities activities.

The public is invited to attend the concert and celebration, scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. at Trinity-on-Main, 69 Main St., New Britain. Doors will open at 3 p.m.

Tickets, which are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors, can be purchased by visiting or calling 860-229-8389. All proceeds help fund programming provided by the Queen Ann Nzinga Center.

Christopher Fortier can be reached at 860-801-5063 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, , General News, New Britain, Plainville on Friday, 31 March 2017 22:19. Updated: Monday, 3 April 2017 14:03.