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City of Bloomington, Indiana

Each year, the City of Bloomington Black History Month Committee plans activities and events for the community to celebrate and commemorate the month of February as Black History Month.

This year's theme is "Black Her - Story Month: Illuminating the Gifts of Black Women."

Living Legend Award

The 2017 Living Legend Award recipient is Doris J. Sims.

Doris Sims

The Living Legend Award was created to publicly acknowledge, honor and celebrate the accomplishments of African-Americans in Bloomington who have devoted their time, talents and resources to make a difference in the Bloomington community and beyond.

Donald and Nicole Griffin of Griffin Realty, sponsors of the award, described Ms. Sims as a leader in every aspect of her life and a leader who keeps everyone in mind. "Doris genuinely cares and works to make a difference at home, at work, at church, as a volunteer and in the community. She works tirelessly to improve the lives of others and to make the city of Bloomington a better place for all citizens. Sims' leadership, service, integrity, compassion, humility, mentorship and encouragement of others are what make her a Living Legend." "Doris Sims is a leader who has chosen to make her life about service. Bloomington is a better place to live thanks to her efforts, so it's great to see her receive this well-deserved award," commented Mayor John Hamilton.

Sims is an alumna of Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Groups Program. She is the 2009 recipient of the Sassafras Award for Distinguished Alumni in Community Service. She also serves on the IU Credit Union Board of Directors. Sims has held former board positions with the Bloomington Housing Authority, Sheriff's Merit Board and Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, as well as numerous social service agencies.