Montgomery County Nominees Sought For Civil Rights Awards

Montgomery County Nominees Sought For Civil Rights AwardsHARRISBURG PA – Montgomery County residents were encouraged Friday (Feb. 15, 2013) by the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission to nominate individuals who have been influential in advancing civil rights, equal opportunity, inter-group relations or human dignity. Their names will be considered for the commission’s Montgomery County Advisory Council 2013 Joseph X. Yaffe-Robert Johnson Smith Civil Rights Awards, to be presented during May.

The deadline for submitting nominations is March 31. Nomination forms and submission instructions can be found online, here. Award categories include law enforcement, equal opportunity advocacy, education, community service, K-12 student service, ethnic harmony and interfaith understanding, and lifetime achievement.

The awards are named for two prominent Montgomery County civil rights leaders and a former Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission chairman. The Homer C. Floyd Lifetime Achievement Award was named in honor of the commission’s former executive director who held that position for 41 years.

Awards have been made since 1983 by the commission’s Montgomery County Advisory Council, a volunteer organization that promotes equal opportunity and educating county residents about their civil rights and legal responsibilities. Those honored will be recognized during a May 23 luncheon in Abington.

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