Group seeks nominations

Essays from high schoolers also needed

Published: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 4:13 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 4:13 p.m.

The Rosa Parks Quiet Courage Committee is seeking nominations for the 2013 Quiet Courage Award, as well as essays from high school students for the Legacy Bearer Award.



* What: The Rosa Parks Quiet Courage Committee is seeking nominations for its Quiet Courage and Legacy Bearer awards.

* When: Deadline is Oct. 25.

* Where: Email for a form.

* Information: Call 352-377-5022.

But, you need to do so quickly, because the deadline to submit nominations and essays is Oct. 25.

The Quiet Courage Award honors those involved in civil rights and other activities that lead to leaving a legacy or changing policies for years to come in Alachua County. The nominee should also exhibit quiet courage in the face of adversity and have acted in ways that make a social difference in the lives of many people.

The Legacy Bearer Award is given to the student who writes the most compelling essay on what the legacy of Rosa Parks means to them. This year, the committee has chosen to only receive essays from students at Gainesville High School.

The Rev. Milford L. Griner, president and founder of the Rosa Parks Quiet Courage Committee, said those who are selected for the award and the winner of the essay competition will be honored at a ceremony at 4 p.m. on Dec. 1 at Mount Carmel Baptist Church.

Griner founded the committee when Parks died in October 2005. Parks is known as the "mother" of the civil rights movement for spearheading the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955 that led to the desegregation of public transportation in the U.S.

To get nomination forms, send an email to Griner at Nomination forms and essays should be mailed to The Rosa Parks Quiet Courage Committee, Attn. Rev. Milford Lewis Griner, 2118 NE 15th Terrace, Gainesville, FL 32609.

Since 2006, Griner said 17 residents have received the award. Charles S. Chestnut III, a longtime Gainesville/Alachua County civil rights activist, businessman and former politician, was the first to receive the award.

Last year, the committee honored Sherry Sherrod Dupree, director of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization — Transatlantic Slave Trade; Andrew Mickle, a longtime community activist and retired educator and administrator, and Attorney Allison Thompson, executive director of Three Rivers Legal Services Inc. Terry Robinson, then an eighth-grader at PASSAGE Christian Academy, received the Legacy Bearer Award.

Griner said he is looking forward to seeing who the Quiet Courage committee members will honor this year because the annual ceremony to honor the recipients will be one of the best ever.

"This year's ceremony will be significant because Rosa Parks would have turned 100 years old this year, if she had lived, and we are definitely going to highlight that fact," Griner said.

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