Fannie Lou Hamer Outstanding Community Service Award

Chair: Sherice Nelson, Southern University,

This award is named in honor of the civil rights activist, Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977), who was the soul of the movement for racial justice in Mississippi. Mrs. Hamer was a SNCC field secretary and a major pillar of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. She was instrumental in “breaking the back” of the racist caste system in the Black Belt. The award is given to a member of NCOBPS, who has made exemplary contributions to the growth and development of the African American community in the United States.

There are no restrictions on nominees, and self-nominations, as well as nominations by others, are encouraged.

All nominations and supporting materials must be received on or before November 12, 2019.

Documentation should be submitted to the Awards Chair.

Supporting documentation should include, but is not limited to:

  1. A Current Curriculum Vitae;
  2. Letters of nomination and/or support from administrators, faculty, staff and community entities explicitly identifying and explaining community service activities over the immediately preceding five years;
  3. Supporting evidence that documents dedication to community betterment activities. Examples of such documentation may include, but are not limited to:
    • Newspaper/magazine articles or other printed materials;
    • Copies of literature from events documenting involvement;
    • Listing of citizenry-based awards received;
    • Letters of support (no more than two) from organizations or individuals that have directly benefited from the nominees’ involvement in the community activity;