City of Durham's Human Relations Commission Awards Nomination Page

Nominations for Human Relations Commission Awards must be received by March 16, 2018 by the City of Durham Human Relations Commission Awards Committee. Award recipients will be announced at the Human Relations Commission Award Ceremony on April 4, 2018. The program will begin at 6:00pm and will take place at Hayti Heritage Center.

Eligibility for Awards
  • The nominee must have been a resident of the City/County of Durham for two years immediately prior to nomination.
  • Self -nominations will not be accepted.
  • Human Relations Commissioners, Neighborhood Improvement Services staff, their family members and past awardees within the last two years are ineligible to receive the award.
  • Each candidate may be nominated in a single category only.
  • All nominees must reside within the City/County of Durham
Nomination Procedures
  • The nomination form must be filled out completely.
  • An individual may nominate a person or organization.
  • Be brief and concise and focus on successful efforts, contributions and accomplishments of the nominee.
  • Provide specific details when describing the nominee. 
Selection and Notification
  • Selection of awardees will be made by members of the City of Durham's Human Relations Commission's Award Committee.

The award categories are:

The Carlie B. Sessoms Award is presented to an individual or an organization that has made a major impact on improving human relations in Durham.

The Fair Housing Advocacy Award recognizes an individual or organization for outstanding efforts in promoting Fair Housing with emphasis on the economic, social and/or political impact in the community, which has encouraged diversity and housing opportunities for all.

The Human Rights Award is presented to a local, state or federal lawmaker who has successfully supported or promoted human rights causes and issues.

The Norris Wicker Youth Human Rights Award  is presented to an individual or group of individuals under the age of 18 for demonstrating an understanding of an commitment to human relations in Durham and the improvement thereof.