The mes­sage: Per­se­ver­ance

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Speak­ers dur­ing the event at Mis­sis­sippi Boule­vard Chris­tian Church in­cluded Free­dom Award hon­orees Rev. Ber­nice A. King, daugh­ter of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.; Mor­ris Dees, the co-founder of the South­ern Poverty Law Cen­ter; and Sal Masekela, who is ac­cept­ing the award for his fa­ther, Hugh Masekela, a South African jazz mu­si­cian and hu­man rights ac­tivist.

The awards have been pre­sented since 1991 and rec­og­nize in­di­vid­u­als who have made a global im­pact in the fight for hu­man and civil rights. Past re­cip­i­ents in­clude for­mer South African pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela, the Dalai Lama, Oprah Winfrey, for­mer Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton, Harry Be­la­fonte, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis.

Au­di­ence mem­bers asked hon­orees ques­tions, among them: How do you get some­one to lis­ten to your voice?

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