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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 2016 Michiganians of the Year. People like U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Damon Keith or Aaron P. Dworkin, founder and president of the Sphinx Organization, a national nonprofit organization that seeks to promote diversity in the classical arts.

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 in 2014. 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 Friday, Aug. 19.

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