Last night was an evening of celebration and testimonials when the Humanists of Rhode Island honored Steve Ahlquist with its annual Rhode Island Humanist of the Year Award. Ahlquist is President and founding member of Humanists of Rhode Island and a regular fixture at protests, hearings and assorted other activist events. He is a prolific writer and artist. His articles appear regularly in Rhode Island Future and elsewhere.
Last year's inaugural award went to Debbie Flitman, another tireless advocate for separation of church and state, civil rights and civil liberties. The Rhode Island Humanist of the Year award was established in 2013 to recognize a Rhode Island area resident who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of humanist values in the state through the force of ideas and action.