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 2017 Michiganians of the Year. People like Mary Barra, CEO and chairman of General Motors, or the late nationally known activist, the Rev. Eddie Edwards, founder of Joy of Jesus Ministries on Detroit’s east side.

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 also was co-founder of the Detroit 300, a citizens patrol group. 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, 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 St., Detroit, MI 48226, or email with “Michiganians” in the subject line. The email and postmark deadline is June 9.