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Spotlight on Amazing Community Leaders and the 2011 Presidential Citizens Medal

Join the President in honoring unsung heroes who are making a difference in your community. Nominate an extraordinary public servant, neighbor, or community leader for the 2011 Presidential Citizens Medal.

Last year, President Obama honored several amazing individuals from the African American Community, including Cynthia Church, for their extraordinary service. As a breast cancer survivor, Cynthia founded Sisters on a Mission, a breast cancer support network for African American women in Delaware. Learn more about Cynthia by watching her inspiring story.

To learn more about Citizen Medal recipients from the African American Community, check out the remarkable individuals below:

• Daisy Brooks has committed her life to North Chicago young mothers and their infants through Daisy’s Resource and Development Center.

• Myrtle Faye Rumph has worked tirelessly to reduce gun and gang violence in her community and to change the lives of at-risk youth.

For the 2011 Presidential Citizens Medal we are asking you to look into your community and nominate those everyday heroes who have performed exemplary deeds of service, including those who have demonstrated commitment to work in their own communities or in communities farther from home, who have helped their country or their fellow citizens through one or more extraordinary act, whose service relates to solving a long-term problem, or whose efforts have had a sustained impact on others’ lives and provided inspiration for others to serve. Last year, over 6,000 incredible leaders were nominated for their commitment to bettering the community. The Presidential Citizens Medal offers a chance to thank those extraordinary stewards of service from across the United States, whose work often goes unrecognized.

To find out more about the qualifications for the 2011 Citizens Medal, please review the criteria for this year’s medal.

For more information on the Citizens Medal, as well as how to nominate an outstanding citizen, watch the announcement video