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Who should be honored for their civil-rights contributions?

 

In April, four trailblazers, whose unyielding commitment to equality and human dignity helped to shape modern Florida, became the latest inductees into the new Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame. Judge James. B. Sanderlin, Margarita Romo and Harry T. and Harriet Moore were memorialized in the annual ceremony that honors civil-rights leaders, advocates and pioneers who worked tirelessly to protect the civil liberties of various populations throughout Florida.

The Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR) is accepting nominations for next year’s Civil Rights Hall of Fame. The deadline is July 15. We are looking for people who have made significant contributions and provided leadership toward Florida’s progress and achievements in human and civil rights. We must continue to spotlight and honor the trailblazers who came before us and use their heroic stories to educate and empower our next generation.

Nominees’ contributions can include community empowerment, legislative advocacy, grassroots organizing, coalition building, authored publications, organizational leadership, private and governmental entity diversity efforts and multicultural educational initiatives in any area of human and civil rights or related areas.

I encourage everyone to visit fchr.state.fl.us/outreach/florida_civil_rights_hall_of_fame to find the rules, criteria, nomination form and other relevant information.

In a state that changes as rapidly as Florida, the struggle for equality and civil rights can seem like ancient history.

This Hall of Fame serves as a permanent reminder of the courage and sacrifices that built today’s Florida.

There is still much to be done to honor the legacy of these amazing individuals.

Mario Valle, vice chair, Florida Commission on Human Relations, Naples

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