We hold tight to what we loveThe recipients of the inaugural Hispanic Nashville Noteworthy Awards are announced below.
Each recipient was nominated by the readers of the Hispanic Nashville Notebook for noteworthy contributions to the Hispanic community in Nashville (see call for nominations here). Although the awards were wide open for nominations of any kind, the nominee had to be noteworthy and in the Hispanic community in Nashville. There was no requirement that service to the community the primary focus of the nomination - the more mundane contributions such as favorite foods and neighborhoods were fair game - but the nominations this year were overwhelmingly focused on community service.
The awards are based on the idea that "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things." In other words, we hold tight to what we love. And while there are many important contributions to the Hispanic community in Nashville who are not on this list, these recipients of the awards were chosen for special recognition this year.
Here are the 2006 recipients of the Hispanic Nashville Noteworthy Awards:
For educating and orienting Hispanic youths into the fabric of American society, without surrendering their Hispanic culture, values, or identity, in order to improve the social and economic conditions in their communities
Noteworthy in Education (Children)
For ensuring a successful future for children by motivating them to love learning
CONEXION AMERICAS' HISPANIC COUNCILNoteworthy in Education (Adults)
For nurturing grassroots leaders
Noteworthy in Social Unity
For uniting persons who speak and want to speak Spanish, at the same time promoting "all things Hispanic"
YURI CUNZANoteworthy in Advocacy
Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Franklin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
For generously giving their time to assist not just the business community but also the man and woman on the street
Congratulations to all, and thank you to the readers of the Hispanic Nashville Notebook who submitted nominations. Let us remember on this day of honoring the life and contributions of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. that all people, not only our friends but also those who could be defined as our enemies, have something noteworthy inside - or in the words of Rev. James Lawson, "a spark of God" - and that we must always treat those around us as we want to be treated.