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Ann Marie Shepherd receives the Spirit of Dr. King Community Service Award from Murphysboro Mayor Will Stephens (left) and Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry during the 17th annual Martin Luther King Community Celebration in 2016 at Carbondale Civic Center.

CARBONDALE — The planning committee for the 19th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration is seeking nominations for its next Spirit of Dr. King Jr. Community Service award.

Nominations must be postmarked by Dec. 15, 2017, or received via email by that date.

Candidates must be from the region of Southern Illinois to be eligible. The award will be presented at the celebration at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, at the Carbondale Civic Center.

The Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award recognizes an individual or group that exemplifies King's character and legacy.

Nominees should have enacted or modeled a spirit of community service in the manner of King. For instance, they might have demonstrated a commitment to justice, equality, peace, social change, improved race relations or compassion, undertaken in their home community. 

For nomination forms, visit www.cdaleinterfaith.org or email pastorswims@hopewellmb.org.

If nominating a group, entries should include both the group name and the name and phone number of the group's contact person. Up to four letters of reference may be submitted.

Email completed forms to pastorswims@hopewellmb.org or mail the nominations to: MLK Award Committee, Attn: Pastor Swims, 400 East Main, Carbondale, IL 62901.

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