On May 12, three trailblazers, whose unyielding commitment to equality and human dignity helped to shape modern Florida, became the latest inductees into the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame.
Reubin Askew, Edward Daniel Davis and Sallye Brooks Mathis were memorialized in the annual ceremony that honors civil-rights leaders, advocates and pioneers who tirelessly worked to protect the civil liberties of various populations throughout Florida.
The Florida Commission on Human Relations is now accepting nominations for next year’s Civil Rights Hall of Fame. The deadline is July 15. We are looking for individuals 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 as a way to educate and empower our next generation.
I encourage everyone to take a moment and visit the commission’s website, fchr.state.fl.us/outreach, to view the rules, criteria and nomination form.
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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 the Florida of today.
Gilbert Singer, vice chair, Florida Commission on Human Relations, Tallahassee