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Nominees sought for MLK award

COVINGTON - The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee is seeking help from the community in finding a deserving person to receive this year's I Have A Dream Award.

The award is given annually to an individual who "epitomizes the philosophy of Dr. King" through community service, according to Josephine Brown, the committee secretary.

Nominees must have given at least two years of community service; must be a visible, non-profitable and non-discriminatory contributor to the community; must be a registered voter and affiliated with a church.

Other characteristics cited by the selection committee are "a humble spirit, steadfast in his/her convictions, models a spirit of peace and unity, initiates and supports change and fosters education."

The person should make sacrifices on behalf of others, seeking nothing in return, and in doing so, "bridge the gap of separation, pulling everybody together to work for one common cause," Brown said.

Past recipients of the award include the Rev. Forrest Sawyer, Dennis Cheek, Flemmie Pitts, the Rev. Clara Lett and Tommy Craig.

The winner will be announced during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, set for 3 p.m. on Jan. 18 at Porter Memorial Auditorium on the Newton High School campus.

Nomination letters should include an explanation of why the nominee should be considered and contact information of the nominator and nominee.

The submission deadline is Dec. 20.

Nominations should be mailed to King Celebration Committee, P.O. Box 185, Covington, GA 30015.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.