The Florida Commission on Human Relations is now accepting nomination for the 2013 Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame.

The Commission, established in 1969, is the state agency charged with administering the Florida Civil Rights Act and Fair Housing Act. Fair treatment, equal access and mutual respect are the benchmarks of the Commission’s commitment. Through education and partnerships, the Commission works to prevent discrimination and costly litigation through teaching best business practices and fostering understanding amongst Floridians

Deadline for nominations for next year’s Civil Rights Hall of Fame is July 1. They are looking for individuals who have made significant contributions and provided leadership toward Florida’s progress and achievements in human and civil rights. They seek to continue to spotlight and honor trailblazers who came before and use their heroic stories as a way to educate and empower the next generation.

Contributions of nominees can include community empowerment, legislative advocacy, grassroots organizing, coalition building, authored publications, organizational leadership, private and governmental entity diversity efforts and multicultural educational initiatives in any area of human and civil rights or related areas. Take a moment and visit to view rules, criteria, nomination form and other relevant information.

This Hall of Fame serves as a permanent reminder of the courage and sacrifices that built today’s Florida. This past April, three trailblazers, whose unyielding commitment to equality and human dignity helped to shape modern Florida, became the latest inductees into the new Hall of Fame. Judge James. B. Sanderlin, Margarita Romo and Harry T. and Harriet Moore were memorialized in the annual ceremony that honors civil rights leaders, advocates and pioneers who have tirelessly worked to protect the civil liberties of various populations throughout Florida.