MTSU Seeking ‘Unsung Hero’ Nominations for 27th Annual Unity Luncheon

Black History Month signature event honors community servants

MTSU Unity Luncheon 2022

The Black History Month Committee at Middle Tennessee State University is accepting nominations of community members to be honored at the 27th annual Unity Luncheon celebration in February 2023.

Coordinated through and hosted by the Office of Intercultural and Diversity Affairs, the Unity Luncheon is an MTSU tradition that has been around since 1996 where we honor our “unsung heroes” within the community during the university’s Black History Month celebration. The luncheon recognizes Black citizens who have contributed their time and talent for the enrichment and welfare of the entire community and the state of Tennessee.

This year, at least five honorees age 50 or older who have resided in the Middle Tennessee area for 20 years or more and who have made outstanding contributions to their community are selected from among submitted nominations in the following categories: Education; Community Service; Advocate of Civility; Excellence in Sports; and Contribution to Black Arts. Sometimes multiple honorees are selected in individual categories.

Honorees will be recognized and receive their awards at the Unity Luncheon, which will be held on Feb. 8, 2023, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the MTSU Student Union Ballroom.

Deadline to submit nominations is Dec. 19. To nominate an individual and for category details, visit and submit a form electronically.

You may also visit for more information regarding the Unity Luncheon and to access the list of past honorees. Or contact Danielle Rochelle, director of Intercultural and Diversity Affairs, at 615-898-5812 or

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