MTSU Seeking UNITY Nominees

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(Last year) MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, left, presents MTSU assistant track and field coach Raymond Bonner with the Unsung Hero Award for his excellence in sports at the annual Unity Luncheon inside the Student Union Ballroom. (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 23rd annual Unity Luncheon, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 14, 2019, 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 A printable form can be found at Nominations must only be submitted in one category. The nomination deadline is Jan. 4, 2019.


Anyone with questions should contact Daniel Green, director of Intercultural and Diversity Affairs at MTSU, at 615-898-5812 or email him at

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