Individuals and organizations who have improved civil and human rights in the community will be honored with the annual city of Davis Thong Hy Huynh Memorial Awards. Nominations are being solicited by the Davis Human Relations Commission. The deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday, March 13.
The award was established to acknowledge the racially motivated stabbing death of Thong Hy Huynh, a 17-year-old Davis High School student, on the DHS campus in May 1983.
Nominations may be submitted in five categories:
* Lifetime Achievement: Awarded for significant civil rights efforts over a long period of time while improving the quality of life in Davis. The recipient may be an individual or community organization who has promoted positive human relations in the community.
* Young Humanitarian: Awarded to an individual in grades K-16 for significant efforts in improving the quality of life in Davis. Nominees have directly addressed the needs of specific groups within the community in the areas of human or civil rights or education.
* Civil Rights Advocacy: Awarded to an individual or organization for significant efforts and achievement in any of the following areas:
— Speaking on behalf of, and giving voice to, the disadvantaged and disempowered;
— Promoting positive human relations, civil rights, cultural awareness or peaceful means of conflict resolution
— Improving the quality of life for Davis residents through the areas of health, human services, housing or employment.
* Excellence in Community Involvement: Awarded to a for-profit business or nonprofit organization that has a record of significant efforts in promoting and practicing equal opportunity, positive human relations or civil rights in Davis.
* Public Servant of the Year: Awarded to a local public servant who has displayed exceptional interpersonal skills under challenging circumstances. These efforts have resulted in effective conflict resolution or intervention and have promoted positive human relations in our multicultural and diverse community.
Recipients in 2013 were students Daniel Tutt and Antonio De Loera Brust, Diane Evans, local nonprofits Davis Odd Fellows Lodge and Davis Schools Orchestral Music Association/Chang Family Trust and Tracie Olsen. The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Gay Powers.
Award nomination forms are available online at www.cityofdavis.org; at City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd.; or by calling at 530-757-5602.