The Roosevelt Institute honored five distinguished laureates
during the FDR Four Freedoms Awards on September 29, 2015 in New
York City. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was awarded
the Freedom Medal for her decades as a champion of fairness,
compassion, and equality for all Americans in the eyes of the
law. Arthur Mitchell received the Freedom of Speech and
Expression Medal for his use of art to transcend boundaries. Dr.
Olufunmilayo Olapade received the Freedom from Want Medal for
her groundbreaking diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer in
underserved communities. Rev. Dr. William Barber received the
Freedom of Worship Medal for his work building progressive
coalitions in his native North Carolina and across the country.
The Nation received the Freedom from Fear Medal for its
commitment and dedication to truth-telling by covering
difficult, substantive and relevant new stories.
WHO: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Freedom Medal Arthur Mitchell,
Freedom of Speech and Expression Medal Dr. Olufunmilayo Olapade,
Freedom from Want Medal Rev. Dr. William Barber, Freedom of
Worship Medal Katrina vanden Heuvel on behalf of The Nation,
Freedom from Fear Medal WHEN: Tuesday, September 29, 2015;
5:30-7:30 p.m. WHERE: St. James’ Church 865 Madison Ave New
York, NY Press will check-in with Chris Linsmayer at the door.
Since 1963, the Four Freedoms Awards have been presented in alternating
years by the Roosevelt Institute in the U.S. and Roosevelt
Stichting in the Netherlands. Past recipients include some of
the most distinguished Americans and world citizens of our time,
including Presidents Harry S. Truman, Jimmy Carter, Bill
Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary Hillary Rodham
Clinton, H.R.H. Princess Juliana of the Netherlands, author
Barbara Ehrenreich, civil rights leader Coretta Scott King,
labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, former
chairwoman of The Washington Post Co. Katherine Graham, former
South African President Nelson Mandela, former U.S. Senator J.
William Fulbright, author Arthur Miller, Archbishop Desmond
Tutu, and the Dalai Lama. ### Until economic and social rules
work for all Americans, they’re not working. Inspired by the
legacy of Franklin and Eleanor, the Roosevelt Institute
reimagines the rules to create a nation where everyone enjoys a
fair share of our collective prosperity. We are a 21st century
think tank bringing together multiple generations of thinkers
and leaders to help drive key economic and social debates and
have local and national impact.