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2021 Gaston Together MLK Unity Award Request for Nominations

The Gaston Clergy & Citizens Coalition (GC3), an initiative of Gaston Together, will present the 2021 Gaston Together MLK Unity Awards on Monday, January 18th, the MLK national holiday. The details for the event are pending based on current coronavirus guidelines.

The Gaston Together MLK Unity Award was established in 2004 by the GC3. The award recognizes current or former Gaston County citizens who have performed exemplary community service to help build bridges of unity across lines of race, class, gender, faith and/or among municipalities within our county. Names of the honorees are engraved on the MLK Monument located at the MLK Plaza. The Plaza is at the corner of Long Avenue and MLK Way in downtown Gastonia. Past winners include notable community members such as Senator Marshall Rauch, N. A. Smith, Mildred Sadler, the 1964 Gastonia Human Relations Committee, Rev. Houston Matthews, Danny Jackson, Sam Shoukry and Richard and Lucy Penegar to name a few.

To get the nomination form and award criteria, contact Gaston Together at dlockett@gastontogether.org. Completed nomination forms must be received no later than 5pm on November 1st. The selection committee composed of former MLK Unity Award Honorees will determine the 2021 recipients. The award recipients will be notified in mid-late December.

The GC3 is a county-wide, non-denominational ministerial association formed in the late 1990’s by Gaston Together. The GC3 meets on the second Thursday of each month at 9:00am normally at First United Methodist Church Family Life Center, Gastonia. They are currently meeting in a virtual format. For more information, please call Gaston Together (704-867-9869.)

Founded in 1997, Gaston Together’s mission is to create a Community of Excellence by bringing people and resources of Gaston County together to address Big Community Challenges. Implementation of the purpose is achieved through the principles and best practices of collaboration, facilitation, promotion and the anticipation of possibilities. Current focus areas are Community Pride Building programs, Faith-Based Leadership, Civic Engagement Leadership and Creating a Culture of Wellness. Mr. Steven Long is serving as the 2020 Board Chair.

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