Nominate a Michiganian of the Year

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 2015 Michiganians of the Year.

People like Jeanne Fowler, a former foster child and child-abuse survivor who, as founder of Big Family of Michigan, works tirelessly to make sure at-risk or foster children believe in themselves. Or the late Matel Dawson Jr., a retired Ford Rouge plant worker with a ninth-grade education who gave more than $1 million to several universities to fund scholarships. He amassed the money by building up overtime and investing in an employee stock program.

We're also seeking nominations for the Angelo B. Henderson Community Commitment Award. The honor is named after Henderson, a former Detroit News reporter, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and talk show host, who died last year.

He was co-founder of the Detroit 300, a citizens patrol group that is credited with providing information to Detroit police that led to criminal arrests. Through his weekday WCHB-AM talk show, Henderson urged Detroit residents to become involved and take back their neighborhoods.

The annual award will honor someone who is willing to confront community challenges and stand up for what's right.

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, Suite 300, 160 W. Fort, Detroit, MI 48226. Or fax to (313) 496-5238 or email features@detroitnews.com with "Michiganians" in the subject line.

The email and postmark deadline is Feb. 27.