On Tuesday, Sept. 29, the Roosevelt Foundation presented awards to five laureates including the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, pastor of Green Leaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, NC and leader of the Moral Monday Movement. Other honorees included Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with the Freedom Medal.
The foundation annually honors those who exemplify the four freedoms outlined by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in his historic speech to Congress on Jan. 6, 1941, as essential to democracy. Barber’s award was for freedom of worship. Others include The Nation weekly magazine for freedom from fear; Arthur Mitchell of the Dance Theater of Harlem for freedom of speech/expression; Olofunmilayo Olopade of the University of Chicago’s Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics and Global Health for freedom from want.
The awards are presented in odd-numbered years in the United States and even-numbered years internationally.