Spend the evening with some of the most phenomenal people in the world. Period.


October 20, 2022

5:30 pm Pre-Show Gala  |  The Halloran Center
7:00 pm Award Ceremony | The Orpheum Theatre

Taylor Branch

Taylor Branch is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, speaker, and author who wrote the landmark trilogy on the civil rights era, America in the King Years.

Taylor Branch
Isabel Wilkerson

A National Humanities Medal author and Pulitzer Prize winner, Isabel Wilkerson's books, The Warmth of Other Suns and Caste, and her voice have illustrated how history can help us understand ourselves, our country, and our current era of upheaval.

Isabel Wilkerson
Frederick W. Smith

Frederick W. Smith is the founder and executive chairman of FedEx Corporation, which under his leadership has become a global enterprise that serves more than 220 countries and territories.

Frederick W. Smith

Award Ceremony


Our honorees are presented the award for their work, impact, and accomplishments in the name of freedom and civil rights. A Special Tribute is paid to those who stand against injustice and inequity.


Red Carpet Livestream


Watch honorees, entertainers and special guest share their excitement about the event on October 20, 2022, LIVE at 5:30 pm Central.

Watch Red Carpet Livestream


Student Forum

connecting our youth, 
giving them a voice

We never miss an opportunity to educate our youth. This exciting event is designed to specifically address young people, inspire them to take action, and stand for something meaningful in their communities.



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