Freedom Awards

Since 1991 the Freedom Award has served as a symbol of the ongoing struggle for rights both in America and worldwide.

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“America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense
human rights invented America.” — Jimmy Carter

39th president of the United States. Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.


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“Now we have black and white officials working together. Today, we have gone beyond just passing laws. Now we have to create a sense that we are one community, one family. Really, we are the American family.” — John Lewis

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives (from Georgia) since 1987. One of the youngest of the “Big Six” civil rights leaders of the 1960s.


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“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” — Rosa Parks

“The first lady of civil rights,” Parks stirred the movement by refusing to move to the back of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, on December 1, 1955.


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“It is necessary to help others, not only in our prayers, but in our daily lives. If we find we cannot help others, the least we can do is to desist from harming them.” — The Dalai Lama

Lifelong advocate for Tibet. Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.


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