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Bowdoin Alumnus, Trustee Honored by Harvard University

Story posted June 07, 2001

Geoff Canada 74 was honored by Harvard University today with an honorary Doctor of Human Letters degree.

Canada has devoted his life to improving the lives of disadvantaged children. He is the president and CEO of the Rheedlen Centers for Children and Families and has a national reputation as an advocate and an expert on issues concerning violence, children and community redevelopment. He is a member of the Bowdoin College board of trustees.

Canada is the author of Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America, which was chosen as the first-year reading for the Class of 2004, and Reaching Up for Manhood. He was the recipient of the first Heinz Foundation Award for Human Condition. He has also earned a Hero Award from the Robin Hood Foundation and a Parents Magazine Award for his work in child advocacy.

Canada also serves as East Coast regional coordinator of the Black Community Crusade for Children, a program run by the Children's Defense Fund. He was the founder of the Chang Moo Kwan Martial Arts School. As a third degree black belt, he has taught youth the principles of Tae Kwon Do and anti-violence and conflict resolution techniques. Before joining Rheedlen, he was director of the Robert White School, a private day school for troubled inner city youth in Boston.

Canada was one of 11 people receiving honorary degrees. More information is available at The Harvard University Gazette.

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