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National Civil Rights Museum to Honor Dalai Lama

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(RNS) The Dalai Lama will be honored with an international award from the National Civil Rights Museum this fall.
The exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader will receive the International Freedom Award at a Sept. 23 ceremony at a Memphis, Tenn., hotel. The Memphis museum is housed at the former Lorraine Motel, the site of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
“As a living example of Dr. Martin Luther King and Gandhi’s nonviolence in the face of political oppression and suffering, the Dalai Lama demonstrates lifelong peaceful struggle against brutality and injustice,” said Benjamin L. Hooks, chairman of the museum’s board.
“As the Tibetan people mark their 50th year in exile, the Dalai Lama’s struggle serves as an inspiration for social justice movements everywhere.”
At an Oct. 27. ceremony, the museum will honor other award recipients. Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of slain Mississippi NAACP Field Director Medgar Evers, will receive the National Freedom Award and basketball legend Julius Irving will receive the Legacy Freedom Award.
By Adelle M. Banks
Copyright 2009 Religion News Service. All rights reserved. No part of this transmission may be distributed or reproduced without written permission.



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cknuck

posted August 7, 2009 at 10:41 pm


With the rare and occasional recognition of the civil rights struggle this for me feels like a highjack of a American experience that is routinely pushed to the back burner in comparison to how many times we hear about the holocaust (movies, news articles, lawsuits and so on). So many groups piggyback on the civil rights movement as a American experience it’s just not as pungent as it should be. There are so many stories untold, even African American kids know little about the struggle that took place right here in the US of A.



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Kauko

posted August 7, 2009 at 10:55 pm


I’m sorry, but what does the Dalai Lama have to do with the Holocaust? Seems like some people only need the barest of excuses to blame the jews for something….



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cknuck

posted August 8, 2009 at 12:18 am


Kauko do you read before you respond or are you just out to prove my point?



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Kauko

posted August 8, 2009 at 2:57 pm


“even African American kids know little about the struggle that took place right here in the US of A.”
Well, in my experience the history of the struggle for African American civil rights is well attested in this country, it is taught in schools, it is acknowledged in the public arena, there is even an entire month officially set aside to honor the history of African Americans (an honor which no other minority or historically oppressed group has). So from my perspective the African American civil rights struggle has recieved plenty of attention and other groups’ experiences have been completely or partially ignored.
And as to your second comment, I believe it impossible to have responded to your comment without first reading it (if I misunderstood it, I’m sorry, but then maybe you should make more of an attempt to better articulate your point). And I stick by what I wrote. In a news article that had nothing whatsoever to do with the Holocaust, you chose to mention it and mention it in a way that passive-aggressively makes those who do mention the Holocaust look bad or are stealing attention away from what you feel it should go to. There are many groups and many events that obviously you don’t feel as being part of the American experience, for American Jews (especially Holocaust survivors and their families), for American troops who helped liberate the concentration camps, this is a part of American history too now. And I have to point out that there is a large Tibetan refugee population living in the US right now, so there history now becomes a part of our own as well.



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Charles Cosimano

posted August 9, 2009 at 12:43 am


Well, that should make the Chinese jump up and down with impotent fury until the chow mein comes out of their ears.



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cknuck

posted August 9, 2009 at 1:04 am


you make a good point Kauko there should be a Native Americans History Month also



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