Nominations Are Open for the Inaugural Christiana Carteaux Bannister Awards

The new award program, a partnership between Rhode Island Monthly and the Rhode Island Foundation presented by Citizens, recognizes individuals working to advance equity and social justice in the Ocean State.

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Christiana Carteaux Bannister changed the course of history in Rhode Island, and across the nation. She was active in the Underground Railroad, she rallied for social justice amid Reconstruction-era racism, she was a voice for elders of color, she built a successful business that brought out the beauty in all people. (Read more about Bannister’s life and legacy here.)

So, in her honor, Rhode Island Monthly and the Rhode Island Foundation announce the Christiana Carteaux Bannister Awards, which recognizes individuals, like Bannister, who empower the community and make Rhode Island a better place for us all to live. The inaugural program is sponsored by Citizens.

“Diversity, equity, access and inclusion are paramount to our mission of providing a clear, candid and unfiltered look at life in the Ocean State for over thirty years,” says John Palumbo, publisher of Rhode Island Monthly. “Furthermore, the opportunity to partner with a community leader like the Rhode Island Foundation, once again, provides a great launching pad for this new, but needed now more than ever program.”

The awards program was developed in conjunction with Rhode Island Foundation’s multi-year commitment to strengthening efforts to promote equity, diversity, access and inclusion in the state.

“We look forward to celebrating community members who are working to address the underlying causes of inequity, eliminate disparities, and make positive change to benefit the community,” said Neil D. Steinberg, president and CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation. “Christiana Carteaux Bannister’s example is a remarkable one to follow, there are modern-day Ms. Bannisters doing great work in our state, and we can’t wait to honor them.”

Nominations open May 3 and run through June 30, 2021, on Individuals are invited to nominate themselves or someone they feel is helping the community thrive and working toward positive change. Nominees can be recognized in their personal, public or professional capacities. What matters is that their efforts are improving the community and inspiring fellow Rhode Islanders by example.

Nominations will be screened by a panel of community leaders working in these fields. Honorees will be announced in the November issue of Rhode Island Monthly and celebrated at a special event.