Nominations being accepted for Human Rights Award

The Columbus Human Rights Commission is accepting nominations for the Wiliam R. Laws Human Rights Award. The recipient will be a member, a group of members from the community, or a community organization who have made a substantial contribution to the community of Columbus in any area of human equality. The most recent award was presented to Dr. Marwan Wafa and Ala’a Wafa. Previous recipients include Gil Palmer, Lorraine Smith, Arlette Cooper Tinsley, Tom Harmon, Owen Hungerford, Bob Pitman, Tracy Souza, the Heritage Fund’s Community Foundation of Bartholomew County, Tim Solso and Joe Loughrey, Sondra Bolte, Benjamin “Mickey” King, and J. Irwin Miller.

The nominees for the Award should have made a significant contribution in the areas of improving relationships among all people, increasing the sensitivity of one group towards another group, human rights and finding ways to safeguard the rights of others. The Laws Award recipient will receive the award at the Human Rights Commission’s 2017 Annual Dinner.

Nominations for the Laws Award should be submitted to the Human Rights Commission office in City Hall by Friday, February 24 at 5 p.m. The Commission will accept nominations via mail, personal delivery, or e-mail. Nomination forms are available at City Hall and online at