The Pine Bluff Branch of the NAACP is seeking 2019 nominations for the NAACP Awards. The awards will be presented at the annual Dove Freedom Fund Banquet at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.


The deadline to submit nominations is Wednesday, Sept. 18, according to a news release.


The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Awards committee is accepting nominations for the following award categories using the listed criteria for each award:


The Pine Bluff Branch Member of the Year — The nominee actively participated in voter empowerment efforts of the branch, actively participated in the membership campaigns of the branch, regularly attended and participated in meetings and activities of the branch, worked or assisted in helping to promote educational programs designed to give moral and ethical interpretation to the civil rights struggle and demonstrated loyalty to the efforts of the Pine Bluff Branch.


The Dove Civil Rights Award — The nominee worked to improve the political, educational, social and economic status of minority groups; worked to eliminate racial prejudice, worked to increase voter registration/education and mobilization, worked to keep the public aware of incidents of racial discrimination consistent with the guidelines of the NAACP, demonstrates a belief in and support of the efforts of the Pine Bluff Branch and is a current member of the branch.


The Rev. H. O. Gray Community Service Award — The nominee volunteered time and/or services without compensation to the Pine Bluff community, fosters a positive attitude about the NAACP and the Pine Bluff community, encourages others to participate in community service activities (community service can include serving as leader in Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, food pantries etc.); helped others to achieve and/or overcome obstacles to build stronger, healthier and safer communities; and demonstrates loyal to the efforts of the NAACP by being an active member of the Pine Bluff Branch.


The Youth of the Year Award — The nominee attends monthly meetings on a regular basis, participates in planning and discussion of youth activities, participates in the council’s educational seminars/programs, attends the annual leadership training, supports the mission and objectives of the NAACP through youth work, has been a member of the council #6707 for at least two consecutive years and demonstrates loyalty to the efforts of the council.


The Education Award — This award is for meritorious contributions in education, including contributions by school administrators, teachers, staff, students or other community members. The honoree has enhanced the quality of education in the community, and demonstrates loyalty to efforts of the NAACP by being an active member of the Pine Bluff Branch.


The Religious Award — This award is for meritorious contributions in the community, (specifically in the area of religion), contributions by a church organization, clergy and non-clergy individuals and for demonstrating loyalty to the efforts of the NAACP by being an active member and encouraging others to be active members of the Pine Bluff Branch.


Nomination forms, details:


“We invite you to submit the names of deserving people in our community,” according to the news release.


The deadline to submit nominations is Sept. 18. Nomination forms and award criteria are available by calling Piccola Washington 870-543-9978 or Tina Owens 870-692-3099. Wanda V. Neal is president of the Pine Bluff Branch.