ADL to Honor Dr. Walter Harrison, Deacon Arthur and Sandra Miller, and Anwar Family at 2013 Greater Hartford Torch of Liberty Award Reception and Centennial Gala
Date: August 13, 2013
The Anti-Defamation League will honor Dr. Walter Harrison, President of the University of Hartford; Deacon Arthur and Sandra Miller; and the Anwar family at the 2013 Greater Hartford Torch of Liberty Award Reception and Centennial Gala at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24, in West Hartford, Connecticut. Founded in 1913, ADL’s theme in its centennial year is “Imagine A World Without Hate.”
The Torch of Liberty Award celebrates people who carry on a tradition of community service. The commitment to philanthropy and public service demonstrated by Dr. Harrison, the Millers and the Anwars epitomizes the Anti-Defamation League’s values and the ideals represented by the Torch of Liberty Award.
Dr. Walter Harrison is the University of Hartford’s fifth president, a role in which he has served since 1998. President Harrison’s involvement in the Greater Hartford community is extensive. He serves on the boards of directors of the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges and the Hartford Consortium of Higher Education. He is a trustee or director of a number of other organizations, including Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, the Connecticut Science Center, and Suffield Academy.
Deacon Arthur L. Miller is the director of the Office for Black Catholic Ministries for the Archdiocese of Hartford. In addition to his assigned parishes, he is the Catholic chaplain at Hartford’s Capital Community College. Deacon Miller addresses issues of social injustice at public forums, houses of worship, and schools and universities across the country. He often speaks to his audiences about his former schoolmate, Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black boy who in 1955 was brutally murdered in Mississippi for allegedly whistling at a white woman. Deacon Miller was a participant in Connecticut ADL’s first Interfaith Mission to Israel in 2007. Sandra Miller is the office manager for Small Christian Communities for the Archdiocese of Hartford. She was first introduced to the Anti-Defamation League when she became an active participant in ADL’s “Names Can Really Hurt Us” program while working at the Watkinson School in Hartford. The Millers, who have been married for 42 years, reside in Windsor and have four children and six grandchildren.
Dr. Saud Anwar is a founder and co-chair of the American Muslim Peace Initiative, which works to strengthen intrafaith understanding within Islam and interfaith understanding between Islam and other religions. He is a member of ADL’s Interfaith Coalition on Mosques, which was formed in 2010 to support Muslim communities facing unfair discrimination when trying to legally build or expand mosques around the United States. Like Deacon Miller, Dr. Anwar was a participant in Connecticut ADL’s first Interfaith Mission to Israel in 2007. He is the founder and past president of the Pakistani American Association of Connecticut and a member of the Pakistani American Public Affairs Committee, a national nonprofit. Dr. Anwar also serves on the board of directors of Ibtida, an organization that works to improve the literacy of women and children in rural areas of Pakistan. Dr. Yusra Anwar has worked behind the scenes at a number of organizations and is very active in her community. Catholic Charities has nominated Yusra to be recognized by the State of Connecticut for her consistent support to refugees of all faiths and backgrounds across Connecticut. Saud and Yusra are married and have two sons. Taha, 16, is passionate about civil rights and is an intern for the U.S. Attorney’s office.Taseen, 14, recently traveled to Haiti to visit the South Windsor Haiti School, a two-pronged project which aims to improve education in Haiti as well as interfaith relations among the Jewish, Muslim and Christian volunteers in Connecticut helping to build the school. The Anwar family, which resides in South Windsor, cofounded the school with other South Windsor community leaders.
The Torch of Liberty, one of ADL’s premier annual events, attracts more than 400 of Greater Hartford’s leading citizens and corporations every year. For more information, please call (203) 288-6500 x313.