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HCC seeks local African-American Heroes nominations

Three years ago, Halifax Community College held its first-ever “Saluting Our Local African-American Heroes” event. Due to their accomplishments, several people from the community have been recognized for their hard work and dedication. These individuals have enhanced the overall quality of life for all citizens and their contributions will be remembered for years to come.


To continue that tradition, the Black History Month Planning Committee is now accepting nominations for this year’s hero event. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 4 by mail or online submission. The nomination includes completion of a short form and submission of a brief essay detailing qualities in identified areas.


These awards are meant to recognize regular, hard-working individuals. A nominee does not have to be “high profile” in order to be honored.


Along with this basic information, the nomination must include an essay that addresses each of four qualities listed below that are used as the selection criteria. The narrative should expand and focus on specific examples that demonstrate the nominee’s commitment and unique contributions to the Roanoke Valley. Any citizen of the African-American community is eligible to be considered for this nomination.


The narrative should describe the nominee’s qualities in the following areas:

1. Commitment and contributions to the community

2. Unselfish devotion to others

3. Initiative, innovation and leadership in the region

4. Willingness to share time and wisdom through service to the community and its citizens


For more details or a nomination form, call (252) 538-4319 or e-mail templem@halifaxcc.edu. Nominations can be submitted online at the HCC website, www.halifaxcc.edu (click on the Saluting Our Local African-American Heroes link). Recognition of our heroes will be held at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, in The Centre. Up to five persons will be selected for the award and honored during the event.