In May 2014, international human rights organization, Global Exchange presented the Freedom Schools with the Domestic Human Rights Award at the 12th Annual Human Rights Awards. The Award was presented by Walter Turner, of Global Exchange and accepted by Charlie Cobb, Freedom Schools visionary and Phillip Agnew from the Dream Defenders. Bernice Johnston Reagon, founder of Freedom Singers and cultural historian, was unable to attend but sent these words, which can be read here: http://www.globalexchange.org/blogs/peopletopeople/2014/05/13/remarks-by-bernice-johnson-reagon-on-the-occasion-of-receiving-the-domestic-human-rights-award/
Also honored that evening were the Cuban Five with the People's Choice Award, the first Award they have received in the United States. María Estela Barco Huerta, from Chiapas, Mexico with the International Human Rights Award for her work to protect food sovereignty and the Freedom Schools.
More about the Human Rights Awards is here: http://humanrightsaward.org/
To see the Cuban Five acceptance speech, click here: vimeo.com/95190109
To see María's speech, click here: vimeo.com/95203072
To see Phillip's speech, click here: vimeo.com/95214256
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