Unity Park Committee Seeks Nominations for 2021 Honorees
The Unity Park Advisory Committee will be accepting nominations for its 2021 honorees from September 1 to November 1, 2020. The Committee is seeking submission of names of potential honorees who have contributed to civil rights in Oktibbeha County. The honorees will be announced in a ceremony at the Unity Park on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 18, 2021.
The Unity Park, located behind the former Mugshots building on Connor Drive, currently features plaques honoring Dr. D.L. Connor, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Governor Willam Winter, Fannie Lou Hamer, Medgar Evers and the Mississippi State University Men’s Basketball “Game of Change.” Beginning in 2018, the Unity Park Advisory Committee began to select up to two additional honorees per year from nominees submitted by the public. The 2020 Honorees selected were Dorothy L. Bishop and Carole McReynolds Davis, and their names are now also featured on a plaque.
Nominees can be submitted by email to: email@example.com, or in writing to the following address: Unity Park Advisory Committee, 108 Grand Ridge, Starkville. Each nominee must meet the following criteria:
1) The nominee must have lived in Oktibbeha County for at least part of his or her life;
2) The nominee must have been deceased for at least five years at the time of the nomination;
3) The nominee must have made a significant contribution to civil rights in Oktibbeha County
4) The nominee must have advanced community unity within Oktibbeha County.
The Committee will consider the names submitted and make a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors as to the 2021 honoree(s).
The Unity Park Advisory Committee consists of community members and was formed in 2014 by the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors. It was reorganized in 2017 and tasked with developing the nomination process for future honorees, strategic planning, park upkeep and park projects. More information about the Unity Park, its history and honorees is available at starkvilleunitypark.com
Jeanne A. Marszalek, Chair
Unity Park Advisory Committee