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Nominations sought for humanitarians of the year

County to honor residents who embody legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Do you know someone whose work and presence in the community exemplifies the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Time is running short to submit candidates for consideration as the Contra Costa County Humanitarian and Student Humanitarian of the Year. County residents were encouraged to submit online nominations of community leaders no later than Thursday, Dec. 31, but student nominations can be accepted through Tuesday, Jan. 5.

Each January, the Board of Supervisors recognizes a community member as well as a student leader whose dedication to others embodies the essence and spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Those selected as winners will be presented with awards during the county’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 19. The public is invited to the ceremony and commemoration, which takes place in the Board of Supervisors Chamber at 651 Pine Street in Martinez. The event begins at 11 a.m., followed by a complimentary buffet lunch.

The 2015 Humanitarian of the Year was Bishop Edwina Perez-Santiago, whose work transitioning previously incarcerated women back into their communities has influenced countless lives. Among her signature efforts was the opening last year of Naomi’s House, a first-of-its-kind transitional home in North Richmond for formerly incarcerated women and their young children.

Heritage High School alum Tyler Page took honors as the Student Humanitarian of the Year for 2015. Page, now in college, has spent much of his young life raising money and awareness for kids less fortunate than himself, whether in his own community or to combat human trafficking in Ghana.

For more information, a look back at previous celebration videos or to submit a nomination, visit the County’s website at www.ContraCosta.CA.gov.

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