Calvin at a table outside with a woman to his right and man to his left

The Free Press will honor Calvin Hairston with our 2016 Award for Community Volunteer.

Calvin Hairston is well-known on the streets of Columbus, and in the halls of power for always speaking his truth -- providing facts and perspectives that makes the powerful uncomfortable and giving strength and encouragement to the weak. Calvin has been a leader in efforts to revitalize the Near East Side and advance political reform to advance African American population of Columbus. He is a member of the Columbus Action Network, has been instrumental in the effort to preserve the history of Poindexter Village and worked hard to support the three petition efforts to move to a City Council elected primarily by district including his support for last year's Issue 1. As a supporter of other advocacy groups, Calvin has been a strong and consistent supporter of police reform efforts being advanced by various groups, and is well-known by the OSU labor and student advocacy communities for the positions he takes for justice and fairness. 

You are invited to help us honor Calvin and other local community activists at the annual Free Press/Democratic Socialists of Central Ohio Awards event Monday, December 5, from 7-9pm, at The Hub, 1336 E. Main St. Admission will be $10 at the door or $5 low income. No one will be turned away. Parking in lot to the east or across Main Street. 

Join our Facebook event.