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The planning committee for the 20th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration is requesting nominations for the Spirit of Dr. King Jr. Community Service Award.

The award recognizes an individual or group that exemplifies the character and legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Nominees should have enacted or modeled a spirit of community service in the manner of King, and should be from Southern Illinois. Nominations must be received electronically or postmarked by Dec. 15.

The award will be presented at the community celebration at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, the Carbondale Civic Center. 

To request an award nomination form, contact Pastor Christopher E. Swims at 618-529-3975 or email him at, or visit Completed forms may be emailed, or mailed to MLK Award Committee, Attn: Pastor Swims, 400 E. Main St., Carbondale, IL 62901.

If nominating a group, 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. 

— The Southern

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