BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Dr. Jesse Lewis, Sr. announced today that the Birmingham Times will spotlight 40 community leaders in a 2014 weekly series known as “Trailblazer of the Times.” The nomination process is now open to all Birmingham residents who want to be considered for the series. The 40-week column is expected to begin in February 2014.
“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. We plan to recognize and celebrate their innovation throughout this series.”
The weekly column will highlight four finalists from each of the following categories:
· Government & Elected Officials
· Young Professionals
· Nonprofit & Community Advocates
· Media, Writers, & Journalists
· College Students
· Arts & Technology
The 40 honorees will be chosen by a nominating committee. The series will culminate with the 2014 Birmingham Trailblazer Awards, where a winner from each category will be named. The ceremony will be held in December 2014.
“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.”
Nominations for the Trailblazer Awards will be open through February 3, 2014. If you have any questions about the nomination process, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on the Trailblazer Hotline at (205) 440-3185.