MLK Ob­ser­vance group ac­cept­ing nom­i­na­tions

The Covington News - - NEWS - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­news.com

The Martin Luther King Jr. Hol­i­day Ob­ser­vance Com­mit­tee is seek­ing nom­i­na­tions for its 2017 schol­ar­ship and com­mu­nity awards.

Each year dur­ing New­ton County’s an­nual Ec­u­meni­cal Ser­vice New­ton County res­i­dents rec­og­nize out­stand­ing in­di­vid­u­als and/or or­ga­ni­za­tions whose ser­vice to the com­mu­nity em­bod­ies the tenets of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s phi­los­o­phy on so­cial jus­tice and com­mu­nity em­pow­er­ment.

The I Have a Dream Award rec­og­nizes a per­son who con­trib­utes to the com­mu­nity, mod­els a spirit of peace and unity, will ini­ti­ate and sup­port change, is en­dowed with a hum­ble spirit and is stead­fast in their con­vic­tions.

The Trail­blazer Award rec­og­nizes a creator of change in the com­mu­nity who is re­source­ful and com­mit­ted to all as­pects of the county and fos­ters a co­he­sive spirit of peace, unity, di­ver­sity and love.

The Young Dreamer Award rec­og­nizes a young New­ton County res­i­dent en­rolled in a New­ton County pub­lic school in grades kinder­garten through fifth or sixth through 12. The nom­i­nee must have demon­strated in­ter­est in fos­ter­ing peace, unity, di­ver­sity and love among his peers.

Each nom­i­na­tion should in­clude the name ad­dress and con­tact phone num­ber of the per­son mak­ing the nom­i­na­tion, the name and ad­dress of the nom­i­nee (in­clud­ing school and grades for the Young Dreamer Award) and a typed state- ment ex­plain­ing how the nom­i­nee meets or ex­ceeds the cri­te­ria for the award.

Nom­i­na­tions should be mailed to MLK 2017 Awards, c/o Mrs. Jose­phone Brown, P.O. Box 185, Cov­ing­ton, GA 30015. All nom­i­na­tion ma­te­ri­als should be re­ceived by noon, Dec. 31.

“There are peo­ple who have served in the county to help make it bet­ter for peo­ple that are down­trod­den,” said MLK Hol­i­day Ob­ser­vance Com­mit­tee mem­ber Josephine Brown. “Dr. King’s phi­los­o­phy was look­ing out for your brother. We are our brother’s keep­ers.”

The MLK Ec­u­meni­cal Ser­vice will be held at New­ton High School on Jan. 15, fea­tur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion of awards and a per­for­mance by the MLK In­ter­de­nom­i­na­tional Choir.

Re­hearsal for the In­ter­de­nom­i­na­tional Choir be­gins Nov. 28 7 p.m. at Beth­le­hem Bap­tist Church, 2177 Usher Street, Cov­ing­ton. For more in­for­ma­tion on join­ing the choir, call Reta Cobb at 770786-4423.

There are peo­ple who have served in the county to help make it bet­ter for peo­ple that are down­trod­den. Dr. King’s phi­los­o­phy was look­ing out for your brother. We are our brother’s keep­ers.” — Josephine Brown, MLK Hol­i­day Ob­ser­vance Com­mit­tee mem­ber

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