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(Memphis) The 20013 National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Award winners were announced Thursday.

Those receiving awards are:

1. Mary Robinson will receive the International Freedom Award. Robinson was the first female President of Ireland and served from 1990 to 1997. Robinson then went on to work with the United Nations. Robinson was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.

2. Geoffrey Canada will receive the National Freedom Award. Canada is a social activist and educator. Canada is president and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone.

3. Earl Graves, Sr. will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. Graves, Sr. founded Black Enterprise magazine. He is the current director for Aetna and an executive board member of the Boy Scouts of America. He is also the former CEO of Pepsi-Cola.

The awards will be given out November 6th.

“All three of them have as a primary value education. Earl Graves educated through his publication, Mrs. Robinson educated through her advocacy and of course Geoffrey Canada advocated through his new model for schools. The reason that is so critical is because America is in an educational crisis. We are in a crisis in America and we’ve got to change how we educate our children,” said NCRM President Beverly Robertson.

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