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MTSU seeks nominations of 'unsung heroes' for 22nd annual Unity Luncheon

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In this February 2017 file photo, Martha Womack of Murfreesboro, left, chats with fellow honoree Evelyn James at the 21st annual MTSU Unity Luncheon held in the Student Union. (MTSU file photo by Andy Heidt)

MTSU is again seeking nominations for the "unsung heroes" throughout the community who will be honored at the upcoming traditional Unity Luncheon held in February as part of the university's Black History Month celebration.

Community members are invited to nominate individuals who meet the following criteria: age 60 or older who have resided in the Middle Tennessee area for 25 years or more and "who have made outstanding contributions to their community."

Nominations can be made in the following categories: education, community service, advocate of civility, excellence in sports and contribution to black arts. Winners will be recognized at the 22nd annual Unity Luncheon, which will be held on Feb. 15, 2018, in the MTSU Student Union Ballroom.

The Black History Month Committee at MTSU began the tradition of honoring unsung heroes in 1996 and has honored more than 100 community members since its inception.

More category details, an online nomination form and a list of past honorees can be found at http://www.mtsu.edu/aahm/unity-awards.php. A printable form can be found at http://bit.ly/mtbhm17. Nominations must only be submitted in one category. The nomination deadline is Jan. 6, 2018.

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