‘Unsung Hero’ nominations sought for 2...

‘Unsung Hero’ nominations sought for 2023 Unity Luncheon at MTSU

The Black History Month Committee at Middle Tennessee State University is accepting nominations of community members to be honored at the 27th annual Unity Luncheon celebration in February 2023.

Coordinated through and hosted by the Office of Intercultural and Diversity Affairs, the Unity Luncheon is an MTSU tradition that has been around since 1996 where we honor our “unsung heroes” within the community during the university’s Black History Month celebration.

The luncheon recognizes Black citizens who have contributed their time and talent for the enrichment and welfare of the entire community and the state of Tennessee.

Office of Intercultural and Diversity Affairs logo

This year, at least five honorees age 50 or older who have resided in the Middle Tennessee area for 20 years or more and who have made outstanding contributions to their community are selected from among submitted nominations in the following categories: Education; Community Service; Advocate of Civility; Excellence in Sports; and Contribution to Black Arts. Sometimes multiple honorees are selected in individual categories.

Honorees will be recognized and receive their awards at the Unity Luncheon, which will be held on Feb. 8, 2023, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the MTSU Student Union Ballroom.

Danielle Rochelle, director, Office of Intercultural and Diversity Affairs
Danielle Rochelle

Deadline to submit nominations is Dec. 19. To nominate an individual and for category details, visit and submit a form electronically. 

You may also visit for more information about the Unity Luncheon and to see the list of past honorees, or contact Danielle Rochelle, director of intercultural and diversity affairs, at 615-898-5812 or