Commission accepting entries for Laws Award

Staff Reports

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, a group of members from the community or a community organization who has made a substantial contribution to the community of Columbus in any area of human equality. The most recent award was presented to Tom Harmon, CEO of Taylor Brothers Construction Company Inc. and president of Harmon Steel Inc.

Other Laws ward recipients include 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 by doing one or more of the following:

Improving relationships among all people.

Increasing the sensitivity of one group toward another group.

Educating people about the barriers or eliminating the barriers facing people of color, women, persons with disabilities, religious minorities or others who have been treated unequally because of prejudice.

Using existing means or creating new safeguards to protect the rights of others.

The Laws Award recipient will receive the award at the Human Rights Commission’s 2015 Annual Dinner. Information related to the dinner is forthcoming.

Nominations for the Laws Award should be submitted to the Human Rights Commission office in City Hall by 5 p.m. Feb. 20. The commission will accept nominations via mail, personal delivery or email.

A form is available at the commission’s office 123 Washington St., Suite 5, in Columbus and on its website, For more information, contact the Human Rights Commission at 812-376–2532.