Nominate a Michiganian of the Year

The Detroit News

We’re looking for local heroes — those people who are often completely unsung — who make this a better state. In short, we’re looking for the 2015 Michiganians of the Year.

In past years, we’ve honored people like Martin Mann, president of the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce. Or 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.

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 an individual, 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 with “Michiganians” in the subject line.

The email and postmark deadline is Friday.