By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: Jan. 3, 2018 | 2:25 p.m.
DINWIDDIE – Dinwiddie is preparing to honor its hometown heroes as a tradition in the county returns for another year with the county accepting nominations for their annual Black History Month recognition event where members of the community are honored for their contributions to the county.
The county opened nominations earlier this month and they will remain open through January 11. According to County Administrator Kevin Massengill, those wishing to nominate someone can get a copy of the nomination form on the county government website or from the county government offices.
In order to be eligible, a nominee must be of Black or African-American descent and a resident of Dinwiddie County. In addition, the nominee must have made a significant contribution in one or more of the following categories: Government, Law Enforcement, Education, Public Safety, Faith Community, Business, Advancement of Civil Rights, Agriculture, or Community Service.
Those wishing to submit nominations must send their completed forms to, Dinwiddie County Board of Supervisors, ATTN: 2018 Black History Month Recognition Committee, P.O. Drawer 70, Dinwiddie, VA 23841.
In 2017, Dinwiddie County supervisors honored Doretha Moody, Dr. Marguerita Ragsdale, and Thomas Hooker during the county’s third annual Black History program that was attended by Congressman Donald McEachin (D, VA-04), who also provided the three with congressional certificates in honor of their recognition.
In years past, Dinwiddie and the county board of supervisors honored Jesse Blackwell, Jr. Pauline Bonner, Ed Bracey, Yvonne Myrick, Geraldine Spicely, Elnora Perry, Rev. Herbert Anderson, Gloria Jones and former Sheriff Samuel Shands for their individual contributions to the community and abroad in the three-year history of the program.
2018 Black History Month honorees will be recognized at 7 p.m. on February 20, during the board’s regular meeting.