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As 2020 neared it's tumultuous end, Essence and Hyundia Motor Company marveled at the dedication seen from essential workers across the country.

From healthcare to retail and food service to education as well as so many other industries, we have seen millions our family, friends and neighbors continuously persevere to remain on the frontlines through a worldwide pandemic, global unrest and arguably the most exhausting presidential election cycle the country has ever seen. Not only have workers and volunteers been putting their lives on the line to provide crucial services for our country, they've also offered education, mental health, and other community services.

In honor of these extraordinary individuals and on the heels of the 2020 ESSENCE Festival. The Essential Heroes Awards are where we spotlight our beloved essential workers, ESSENCE is proud to partner with Hyuandia, Disney, and AT&T to bring you the 2020 ESSENCE Essential Heroes Awards. Streaming Wednesday, November 18 on beginning at 6PM EST, the awards will spotlight a total of 20 honorees across 4 Categories.

Community Change Makers
Individuals who work in or volunteer in work that changes the direction or state of their community through activism, civic engagement, social change or vocational & financial training.

Teachers, professors or administrators who have done extraordinary work during this unprecedented time to inspire students to keep going.

Mental Health
Individuals who work in, or do work, that advances mental health support in our community.

Parents & Family
Parents or children who have pushed forward during this time against extraordinary odds.