Long-Lewis Automotive Group has announced Joanne Bland as the October Hero of the Month.
Bland was an activist during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. She currently heads guided tours of Selma exploring sites that are significant to that period of time.
“Joanne Bland was an original foot soldier of the movement that brings positivity to the community," Long-Lewis states on its Facebook page. "She is very passionate about generating tourism through her tours and lifting the name of Selma, Alabama and members of the community.”
Nominees for Local Hero of the Month are chosen based on contributions made to the community. The chosen nominee will be given $500 for "Outstanding Community Service" and a Certificate of Appreciation.
To nominate someone, comment on their Facebook post and the one with the most likes will be chosen. The winner will be announced on the first day of the following month.
A winner can only be nominated every six months in order to encourage more people to take part in the effort.