(Reuters) – Former United States First Lady Michelle Obama and activist group Campaign for the Poor will receive the Tennessee National Civil Liberties Museum’s award, the foundation said.
The museum said Wednesday that the awards, which recognize “significant contributions to civil and human rights,” will be presented to Michelle and activist leaders Reverend William Barber and Reverend Liz Theoharis in a virtual ceremony on October 14.
The country has never had a black first lady by attorney and writer Michelle, whose husband, Barack Obama, took office in 2009. She will also be inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in October.
The museum said in a statement that Campaign for the Poor, based in Washington, D.C., works to combat systemic racism, poverty and environmental destruction.
“A special moment will focus on the events of the past year that have changed the way the nation views and deals with racial injustice, including a special tribute,” said awards producer Faith Morris.
The tribute will be Darnella Frazier, the teen who recorded the killing of George Floyd on her cell phone, helping spark global protests against racial injustice and police brutality last year.
Frazier also received a special quote from the Pulitzer Prize Committee in June of this year.
(Pur Sarah Moreland M. Gdansk)
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