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The Human Rights Commission is Accepting Nominations for the Human Rights Award

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The Mayor of Springfield is looking for citizens who excel in the area of human rights. KSMU's Kristian Kriner reports.

The city of Springfield will hand out three Human Rights Awards: one each for an individual, business or organization and a non-profit group.

The Human Rights Commission will hold an event later this year to give out the awards.

Kathy Clancy is the director for the Human Rights Commission.

She says honor will be given to those who promote human rights.

"With the individual award, we're looking for somebody that has demonstrated dedication and commitment to advocating and promoting civil and human rights. Someone that has been a leader in the development of measures to fight discrimination and prejudice and the effects of past discrimination," Clancy said.

This is the first year for the Human Rights Award.

Carol Barclay, a member of the commission, says she hopes this event and award will continue for many years.

"We should highlight and honor those institutions in Springfield, who show by their actions and their programs or their employment environment that they are committed to treating everyone equally," Barclay said.

The awards will be given at a reception on October 2nd at the Kentwood Arms Crystal Room.

If you would like to nominate an individual or organization for the Human Rights Award you can call 841-3350.

Nominations will be accepted until August 15.

For KSMU News, I'm Kristian Kriner.