Thousands of students meet NCRM Freedom Award recipients - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Thousands of students meet NCRM Freedom Award recipients

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Students from nearly 100 schools in the Mid-South were given the chance to talk with the 2016 Freedom Award recipients.

Students packed Mississippi Boulevard Church to get a chance to talk with Benjamin Crump, Soledad O'Brien, Bryan Stevenson, Tawakkol Karman, Damon Keith, and Swain Cash.

Those six people will receive Freedom Awards from the National Civil Rights Museum later this year.

2016 is the 25th year NCRM has given out Freedom Awards. The awards honor 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, according the NCRM's website.

NCRM president Terri Freeman said 96 schools attended Thursday's event, which gave thousands of students a chance to meet and talk to Freedom Award recipients.

The event also recognized some of the youngest leaders in the fight for civil rights. Leaders like Michai Mosby and Mallori King who received the Keeper of the Dream Award.

"I feel happy and blessed and grateful," Mosby said. "Believe in yourself the skies the limit; put God first and keep him on your mind."

"I do the things I do because I love them, and I have a passion for them," King said.

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