3 honorees named as fo­cus grows on is­sues

Re­cip­i­ents have long his­tory in fight­ing racism around globe

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South African jazz artist and free­dom fighter Hugh Masekela (who had a No. 1 hit in 1968 with “Graz­ing in the Grass”), sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion ac­tivist Ber­nice A. King (youngest of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s four chil­dren) and South­ern Poverty Law Cen­ter co-founder Mor­ris Dees (who won a $7 mil­lion judg­ment in a lynch­ing case that bankrupted one of Amer­ica’s largest Ku Klux Klan or­ga­ni­za­tions) will be this year’s re­cip­i­ents of the Na­tional Civil Rights Mu­seum’s Free­dom Awards.

“When we iden­ti­fied these three honorees, we didn’t know what was go­ing to hap­pen last week­end,” said civil rights mu­seum pres­i­dent Terri Lee Free­man, re­fer­ring to the Char­lottesville, Vir­ginia, vi­o­lence, the re­marks by Pres­i­dent Trump that were praised by neo-Nazis and sub­se­quent calls to re­move Con­fed­er­ate mon­u­ments. “I don’t think we could ac­tu­ally have cho­sen bet­ter honorees for this mo­ment in time.”

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