The Anniston Star's editorial board is considering candidates for the 2011 Alabamian of the Year, and we're looking for suggestions.
The Alabamian of the Year must be alive. He or she doesn't have to be an Alabama native, but a qualified candidate must have lived in the state at one time.
While deeds done in 2011 will be in full view, no person's life can be reduced to a single year. In other words, our AOY's lifetime achievements will be considered.
Our definition for AOY is, "An Alabamian (or Alabamians) who made a significant mark on events over the past year; someone who lived up to the state creed's dictate 'to foster her advancement within the statehood of the world.' "
The previous winners are:
2008: Albert Brewer, ex-governor of Alabama and leading advocate for constitutional reform.