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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“There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.” — Nelson Mandela
Imprisoned for more than 27 years, Mandela led South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement,
becoming the country’s first black president in 1994.
“It would be naïve to think that the problems plaguing mankind today can be solved with means and methods which were applied or seemed to work in the past.” — Mikhail Gorbachev
General secretary of the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1991.
“You see, idealism detached from action is just a dream. But idealism allied with pragmatism, with rolling up your sleeves and making the world bend a bit, is very exciting. It’s very real. It’s very strong.” — Bono
Lead singer of the Irish rock band U2. Active in the fight against poverty and hunger in Africa, he was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year in 2005.
“In a few decades, the relationship between the environment, resources, and conflict may seem almost as obvious as the connection we see today between human rights, democracy, and peace.” — Wangari Maathai
Kenyan environmental and political activist. In 2004, she became the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.