Laws award picks sought

The Columbus Human Rights Commission is accepting nominations from the public for the William R. Laws Human Rights Award.

The recipient will be a member, group or community organization who has made a substantial contribution to Columbus in the area of human equality.

Last year’s award was presented to Gil Palmer, Lorraine Smith and Arlette Cooper Tinsley.

Nominees for the award should have made a significant contribution to improving relationships among all people, increasing the sensitivity of one group toward another group, educating people about the barriers or eliminating barriers facing people of color, women, those with disabilities, religious minorities or those who have been treated unequally because of prejudice or protecting the rights of others.

The recipient will be honored at the commission’s 2016 annual dinner, with details about that event still pending.

Nominations by mail, personal delivery or email should be submitted to the commission office at City Hall by 5 p.m. Feb. 22. A nomination form is available at the commission or with its website link at

Iinformation: Call 812-376-2532 or email