County seeks Humanitarian of the Year nominations

Annual award program honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors is looking for nominees for its annual Humanitarian of the Year and Student Humanitarian of the Year awards.

The award program recognizes people whose work and presence in the Contra Costa County community exemplify the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

County residents can submit online nominations of community and student leaders through midnight this Wednesday (Dec. 14).

The 2016 Humanitarian of the Year was Terri Porter, known for advocacy on behalf of under-served youth. The student pick was Davis Bullock, then a senior at San Ramon's California High School, who not only battled cancer himself, but took on the cause of helping others also fighting the disease.

Winners will receive their awards during the county board's annual ceremony honoring King, scheduled next for Jan. 17 -- the day after the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

The public can attend the ceremony and commemoration event in the board of supervisors chamber at 651 Pine St. in Martinez starting at 11 a.m.

Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Diana Becton will be the keynote speaker, speaking on the concept of civil rights work that still needs to be done in the United States. A complimentary buffet lunch will follow the ceremony.

To submit a nomination or learn more information, visit the county website.

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