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Community Service
Fannie Lou Hamer Outstanding Community Service Award
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 August 1 of the award year.

Documentation should be submitted to the Awards Section Head(s) for distribution.

Supporting documentation should include, but is not limited to:

  • A Current Curriculum Vitae;
  • 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;
  • Supporting evidence that documents dedication to community betterment activities. Examples of such documentation may include, but are not limited to:
    1. Newspaper/magazine articles or other printed materials;
    2. Copies of literature from events documenting involvement;
    3. Listing of citizenry-based awards received;
    4. Letters of support (no more than two) from organizations or individuals that have directly benefited from the nominees' involvement in the community activity;
  • PDF Files are acceptable and recommended for easier and timely distribution.
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