Watch the 2012 Freedom Award Ceremony on PBS!! Showing in over 128 national markets, click to check your local times.
The Freedom Award is an annual event for the National Civil Rights Museum. It is the Museum’s largest fundraiser. Held each year in the fall, the Freedom Award honors individuals who have made significant contributions in civil rights and who have laid the foundation for present and future leaders in the battle for human rights. Since 1991, the Freedom Award has served as a symbol of the ongoing fight for human rights both in America and worldwide.
Click here for more info on this year’s honorees and their tireless contributions in civil and human rights, education, the arts, sports & community service, justice and for their dedication to creating opportunity for the disenfranchised.
What events are part of the Freedom Award celebration?
The award ceremony and banquet is one of Memphis’ most prestigious events bringing celebrities and entertainers into Memphis from across the globe.
The Public Forum is an event focused on area youth and features remarks from Freedom Award honorees. The Keeper of the Dream award is given to local youth who have demonstrated acts of compassion, leadership, courage and service. Click here for more information about the Public Forum.
Is the Freedom Award celebration open to the public?
The Public Forum is a free, ticketed event that averages 4,000 attendees, including over 3,000 area school students.
The evening Award Ceremony is a black tie affair with reserved individual tickets. Corporate sponsorship tables are highly encouraged as this is the Museum’s main fundraising event.
2012 Freedom Award Sponsors
International Award sponsored by the Hyde Family Foundation
Humanitarian Award sponsored by FedEx
Legacy Award & Public Forum sponsored by International Paper
Video Sponsor First Tennessee Foundation
Major Sponsor Nike
Past Freedom Award Recipients