February 22, 2014 at 1:00 am

Nominate a Michiganian of the Year

Activist Raphael Johnson, right, co-founded Detroit 300. (Robin Buckson / The Detroit News)

We’re looking for local heroes — the movers and shakers, often completely unsung, who help patch up life’s rough spots by reaching out and making this a better state. In short, we’re looking for the 2014 Michiganians of the Year.

We’re looking for people, such as 2012 recipient Raphael Johnson, co-founder of the Detroit 300 community action group, or late philanthropist Matel Dawson Jr., a retired Ford Motor Co. employee who saved his money over the years and donated more than $1 million in scholarships and charities. He was honored in 1990.

It’s easy to nominate. Just send a one-page letter explaining the person’s contributions, along with your name, email or daytime phone to Michiganians of the Year, Features, The Detroit News, 615 W. Lafayette, Detroit, MI 48226. Or fax to (313) 222-2451 or email features@detroitnews.com with “Michiganians” in the subject line.

The postmark deadline is Feb. 28.