3 honorees named as focus grows on issues
Recipients have long history in fighting racism around globe
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.”