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The Lincoln Commission on Human Rights is seeking nominations for these awards to be presented this spring.

* The Gerald Henderson Human Rights Award was established by the commission in 2000, and it was renamed in 2003 to honor Henderson, the first director of the commission and a longtime civil rights activist.

The award recognizes outstanding achievements in furthering human relations in Lincoln, including a demonstrated commitment to improving cooperation and understanding among people of different racial, ethnic, religious and other backgrounds and the use of new and creative measures to fight discrimination, prejudice and the effects of past discrimination.

* The Fair Housing Award recognizes outstanding achievements in improving housing opportunities, including a demonstrated commitment to fair housing activities and the use of new and creative measures to fight housing discrimination, prejudice and the effects of past housing discrimination.

The commission also is seeking to honor individuals who foster positive intergroup relations by promoting mutual respect, understanding, cultural awareness and appreciation in business, education, government, health, housing, religion and other areas of civic endeavor. Nominees will be judged on activities implemented, service performed or programs operated in Lincoln. Those who submitted previous nominations are encouraged to resubmit.

Nominations are due March 19; forms are available by calling 402-441-7624, emailing nhope@lincoln.ne.gov or printing a form from lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: human). Completed forms can be faxed to 402-441-6937; dropped off at the commission on the third floor of the County-City Building, 555 S. 10th; or mailed to 555 S. 10th St., Lincoln, NE 68508.

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