Cedar-Riverside resident Said Salah Ahmed is one of 10 Minnesotans recognized by the McKnight Foundation for service to the community. In awarding the 2005 Virginia McKnight Binger Human Service Award Nov. 18, the foundation said “Said Salah Ahmed uses his gift for words and theater to speak to the hearts of Somali people. A former refugee, Said is an educator and mentor, dedicated to mobilizing, educating and reflecting on the richn tradition of Somalis around the world. As president of the Somali Action Alliance, he strives for peace, reconciliation, and an end to discrimination.”
The award carries a prize of $7,500. Nearly 100 people were nominated for the award.