Human Relations Council accepting 2014 Unity Award nominations

NEWTON, NC (Feb. 3, 2014) – The City of Newton Human Relations Council is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Unity Award. The award recognizes a Newton resident, business or industry that has contributed to racial and cultural harmony in the City of Newton.

Nominations should include specific acts and characteristics that qualify the individual for the award. The deadline to submit a nomination is Monday, April 28. The winner will be announced at the Unity Day Celebration on Sunday, May 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Newton-Conover Auditorium. More details about the event will be available as planning continues.

Unity Day is a celebration of the communities within the city. The celebration promotes positive multi-cultural relations and harmony throughout the City. The community stands together by raising its vision above barriers of color, culture and creed. Join us in celebrating and embracing diversity through word, art, dance, music and food.

Past recipients of the Unity Award include Addie Shuford (2013), Javier Chavez (2012), Dr. Allen Bandy Jr. (2011), Stanford Gabriel (2010), The Corner Table (2009), Pastor Dan Martin (2008), Dr. Benjamin Wofford (2007), Hannah Scott (2006), past Mayor Robert A. Mullinax (2005), Beth Bock and the late Clarence “Moe” Fox (2000), the late Phairlever Pearson (1999), Grace Gaither (1998), Johnny Gabriel (1997) and the Rev. Fred Thompson (1996). The City did not hold a celebration or present an award from 2001 to 2004.

Nomination forms are available here (PDF) or by contacting Public Information Officer Julie Chang at or (828) 695-4266.