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Birmingham Times to Spotlight Community Leaders and Innovators Throughout 2014


traiblazersDr. Jesse Lewis, Sr: “Abundance of Trailblazers in Birmingham”

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Dr. Jesse Lewis, Sr. announced today that the Birmingham Times will spotlight 40 community leaders and innovators in a 2014 weekly series known as “Trailblazer of the Times.”
“When the Birmingham Times started 1963, we were the first and only African-American owned newspaper in the Southeast,” said Dr. Jesse Lewis, Sr., founder of the Birmingham Times newspaper. “Fifty years later, Birmingham still has an abundance of trailblazers doing amazing work throughout this community. We have to uplift these leaders and innovators, and what better organization to do that than the Birmingham Times. ”
The weekly column will highlight four leaders in each of the following categories:

•    Business
•    Education
•    Government & Elected Officials
•    Young Professionals
•    Nonprofit & Community Advocates
•    Media, Writers, & Journalists
•    Medicine
•    College Students
•    Arts & Technology
•    Legal

The 40-week series will culminate with the 2014 Birmingham Trailblazer Awards, where one winner from each category will be named. The awards ceremony will be held in December 2014.
Nominations for the Trailblazer Awards will be open from October 21, 2013 through February 3, 2014. If you would like to nominate yourself or a colleague, please send an email to bhamtrailblazer2014@gmail.com or leave a message on the Trailblazer Hotline at (205) 440-3185.
“We are excited about this new venture, and the nomination process is only the first step,” said Lewis. “We plan to utilize social media platforms and other technologies to make sure the community is fully engaged in this process from start to finish.”