Black History Month

The 2023 Black History Month Poindexter Awards nomination process is now closed.

Each February during the Black History Month Celebration, City Council highlights, celebrates and honors the work of African Americans in the Columbus community.    

Named after James Preston Poindexter, the first Black Columbus City Councilmember, the Poindexter Awards are given during the Black History Month Celebration. This year's celebration is February 17, 2023. These awards recognize the accomplishments and achievements of individuals in our community who have made significant contributions to Columbus in the following categories:  

  • Art
  • Business
  • Education
  • Faith
  • Public Service

In choosing an individual to nominate for the Poindexter Awards, please be mindful of the below criteria. This criteria will help the Selection Committee determine the honorees.

  1. Nominee should have dedicated time and talent to efforts within the African-American community.
  2. Nominee should be distinguished in his/her chosen profession or work.
  3. Nominee exhibits a high degree of commitment both professionally and civically.
  4. Nominee must demonstrate/provide strong, effective leadership and service in the community.

Nominees should live or work in Columbus to qualify for these awards. Self-nominations are not accepted.