Tthroughout her career, the former first lady Michelle obama has tapped into the power of civic engagement and the Chicago native will be honored for her contributions to the advancement of social justice and human rights. According to The hill, the National Civil Rights Museum will award Obama the prestigious Freedom Award.
Obama has been a driving force for change. Before becoming the first African-American First Lady of the United States, she led a range of local initiatives in her hometown. The former Princeton University student, who earned a JD from Harvard Law School, was the founding executive director of the Chicago-based section of Public Allies. Through the program, she has helped introduce young people to career paths in public service. Obama, who served as associate dean of student services at the University of Chicago, helped develop the institution’s first community service program and later became the vice president of community and outpatient affairs at the University of Chicago Medical Center. the University of Chicago. After entering the White House, her passion for social impact did not weaken. She has led initiatives focused on tackling childhood obesity, supporting military families, higher education, and making education accessible to girls and women around the world.
She will receive the prize with the campaign of the poor; an organization led by Rev. William barber and Rev. Liz Theoharis which is dedicated to tackling systemic racism, poverty and a myriad of other social issues. “This year is the double 30th anniversary of the National Civil Rights Museum, dedicated to being a catalyst for positive social change and a place where truth lives in history”, Russell wigginton, who is the museum’s chairman, said in a statement. He added that the recipients have “dramatically changed our communities, our nation and our world”. Darnella frazier, the woman who bravely recorded the gruesome murder of George floyd, will also be honored for her courageous act. The ceremony is scheduled to take place in October.
Obama joins a group of hard-hitting and influential individuals who have received the Freedom Award in the past, including Nelson Mandela, former president Barack obama, Representative John Lewis, Jackie robinson and Rosa Parks.
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