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Council Accepting Nominations for Black History Awards

During the Black History Month Celebration, City Council highlights, celebrates and honors the work of African Americans in the Columbus community with the James Preston Poindexter Award

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[COLUMBUS, OH] Nominations are now open for the Columbus City Council James Preston Poindexter Awards, named in recognition of the former clergyman, abolitionist, civil rights activist and political pioneer elected as the first Black Columbus City Councilmember in 1880.

"The Poindexter Awards are an opportunity to acknowledge the people who laid the foundation of the City we live in today,” said Council President Shannon G. Hardin. “We stand on their shoulders, working to build a stronger Columbus. This is an opportunity to celebrate and honor those who have uplifted our community."


These awards recognize the accomplishments and achievements of individuals who have made significant contributions to Columbus in the following categories: 

  • Art
  • Business
  • Education
  • Faith
  • Public Service

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

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

Nominees must live or work in Columbus to qualify. Self-nominations will not be accepted. Click here to submit nominations. Applications are open until January 11, 2021.

The Poindexter Awards will be given during the Black History Month Celebration on February 12, 2021.