National Constitution Center awards Liberty Medal to Dalai Lama

National Constitution Center awards Liberty Medal to Dalai Lama

The National Constitution Center awarded His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet the 2015 Liberty Medal on Monday, October 26, 2015.

Award-winning actor, activist, and philanthropist Richard Gere participated in the presentation and Dr. Thupten Jinpa, the principal English translator to the Dalai Lama, and Dr. Richie Davidson, founder and chair of the Mind and Life Institute, accepted the award on behalf of His Holiness. Kaydor Aukatsang, the Representative of the Dalai Lama to North America, was also in attendance.

A video recorded greeting by His Holiness concluded the ceremony

The 27th annual Liberty Medal Ceremony will also be broadcast on local ABC affiliate, WPVI-TV/6abc at a future date.

The Liberty Medal was established in 1988 to commemorate the bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution. Given annually, the medal honors men and women of courage and conviction who strive to secure the blessings of liberty to people around the globe.

The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia inspires active citizenship as the only place where people across America and around the world can come together to learn about, debate, and celebrate the greatest vision of human freedom in history, the U.S. Constitution.

A private, nonprofit organization, the Center serves as America’s leading platform for constitutional education and debate, fulfilling its Congressional charter “to disseminate information about the U.S. Constitution on a non-partisan basis.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: A complete list of Liberty Medal winners follows.

Past Recipients of the Liberty Medal

2014 2013

MalalaYousafzai*Hillary Clinton, former U.S. Secretary of State

2012

Muhammad Ali

2011 2010

Robert M. Gates, former U.S. Secretary ofDefenseTony Blair, former British Prime Minister

2009

Steven Spielberg

2008

Mikhail Gorbachev, former Soviet Leader

2007

Bono and DATA

2006

George H.W. Bush and William J. Clinton, former U.S. Presidents

2005

Viktor Yushchenko, former President of Ukraine

2004

Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan

2003

Sandra Day O’Connor, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (retired)

2002

Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State

2001

Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary-General*

2000

James Watson and Francis Crick, Co-Discoverers of the Structure of DNA

1999

Kim Dae-jung, former President of South Korea*

1998

George J. Mitchell, former U.S. Senator and Irish peace negotiator

1997

CNN International

1996

King Hussein I of Jordan and former Prime Minister ofIsraelShimon Peres

1995

Sadako Ogata, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

1994

Václav Havel, President of the Czech Republic

1993

F.W. de Klerk, President of South Africa* and Nelson Mandela, President of the African National Congress*

1992

Thurgood Marshall, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice (retired)

1991

Oscar Arias Sanchez, former President of Costa Rica and Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders)*

1990

Jimmy Carter, former U.S. President*

1989

Lech Walesa, Co-Founder of Solidarity, Poland

* Nobel Peace Prize Recipients