The Red Bandana Fund, which honors the life and work of the late Richard Walton, is once again seeking nominations for the Red Bandana Award. This award is given annually to a person or organization who embodies the work and spirit of Walton, a journalist, teacher and activist for labor, peace and social justice.
"This is the fifth year the fund has given the award, and withal the challenges presented by the current administration’s policies, it seems even more important to honor the people on the front lines by working for justice, equality and peace,’’ said Stephen Graham, spokesman for the fund and a close friend of Walton, who died in 2012 at age 84 after a battle with leukemia.
Last year’s award was presented to the Providence Youth Movement and its director, Sarath Suong, for their advocacy for the fair treatment of minority populations in Providence, and to Atremis Moonhawk, for her day-to-day caring for the poor and homeless.Sarath Suong, for their advocacy for the fair treatment of minority populations in Providence, and to Atremis Moonhawk, for her day-to-day caring for the poor and homeless.
The awards will be given this year on Sunday June 4, at the 5th annual Red Bandana celebration at the Fireman’s Memorial Hall in Providence.
A burly man with a long white beard, Walton often wore his trademark red bandana at the many events and social justice actions he was involved with. A Brown University graduate, Walton had a long career as a distinguished journalist in Providence and New York City. He was also a writer, teacher and activist who dedicated his life to advocating for a better and more peaceful world. He was also a witty man who loved music, sports and helping those less fortunate. He was an adjunct professor at Rhode Island College who was a leader of the union that represented part-time professors. And he ran for vice-president on the Citizens Party ticket in 1984.
To submit a nomination, email to RedBandanaAward@gmail.com
The deadline is April 15th.