2006 Freedom Award recipients announced

The National Civil Rights Museum announced the recipients of this year's Freedom Awards at a press conference Tuesday morning.  Stevie Wonder, Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery, and Dr. Bernard Kouchner were announced as the 2006 recipients.

Wonder, one of the best selling musical artists of all time, will receive the museum's Lifetime Achievement Award.  Wonder was a fierce proponent of making Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a national holiday, and is also known for using his musical talents to draw attention to issues like AIDS, poverty, and human rights.

Lowery, along with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.  Together, they fought many battles in the fight for civil rights.

Kouchner, from France, will receive the International Freedom Award.  Kouchner is known around the world for founding Doctors Without Borders, an organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, and natural or man-made disasters.

All three men are scheduled to visit Memphis on October 17th to pick up their awards at the National Civil Rights Museum's annual ceremony, to be held at the Cannon Center.