Five North Carolinians were recognized by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation for efforts to better their communities.
The Winston-Salem-based foundation presented the 20th annual Nancy Susan Reynolds awards at a luncheon in Greensboro Nov. 19.
Deborah Miles, founder of the Center for Diversity Education in Asheville, received the award for race relations for her work promoting diversity through programs that have benefited more than 100,000 school children and 1,000 teachers.
Betty Anne Ford and Nancy Newell, founders of Loaves and Fishes in Raleigh, received the award for personal service for their efforts to improve the lives of children living in a Raleigh public housing project.
Hilton Dunlap and Bobby Person received the advocacy award for their lifelong efforts to fight discrimination and incite positive change in Moore and Hoke counties.
Winners in each category received $5,000 for their personal use and another $20,0000 to direct to the nonprofit of their choice, with joint winners in a category sharing the prize money.
The awards are named after Nancy Susan Reynolds, daughter of R.J. Reynolds and one of the founders of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.