By The Associated Press

CINCINNATI (AP) — The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati says it plans to celebrate the life of singer and activist Mavis Staples with one of the museum’s highest honors.

Mavis Staples (Courtesy photo/www.mavisstaples.com)

The center will present Staples with the Everyday Freedom Hero Award at a reception on Friday. Staples will receive the reward prior to her concert performance, “An Evening with Mavis Staples.”

Tickets are available for the event. The reception will be open to ticket holders for the concert.

The Freedom Center says it created the Everyday Freedom Hero Award to recognize individuals and organizations that strive to live up to the ideals of the Underground Railroad movement while using their resources for the well-being and betterment of their communities.