2020 ACLU-MN Liberty Awards

April 23, 2020 @ 5:30 pm

Please join us on Thursday, April 23 for the newly expanded ACLU-MN Liberty Awards, an inspiring evening recognizing members of the legal community, our coalition partners and community members for their efforts to protect and promote civil liberties in Minnesota.


In 1996, the ACLU of Minnesota created the Earl Larson Award to honor members of the legal community who have demonstrated a lifelong commitment to justice and civil liberties. Today the Earl Larson Award remains the premier recognition of a life spent in service to these principles.

Last year we expanded our awards program by adding the Changemaker Award, honoring an individual or organization who has worked closely with ACLU-MN to protect civil liberties in Minnesota.

As the struggle for justice and equality grows ever more urgent, we have recognized the need to honor even more of the activists, organizations and community members who are at the forefront of this fight.

That’s why, in 2020, we will introduce the ACLU-MN Liberty Awards (formerly the Earl Larson Awards).

Along with the new event name, we have also added one more award. The Torchbearer Award will honor an individual or group who acted bravely to protect and promote civil liberties in Minnesota in 2019. For the first time ever, we are opening nominations for this particular award to the general public. You can make nominations until Feb. 7 at: https://action.aclu.org/webform/mn-torchbearer-nomination.

We look forward to bringing you our new, expanded Liberty Awards program, and we hope you will join us on April 23, 2020, for an inspiring evening including a cocktail reception, silent auction and an exciting awards program emceed by Jearlyn Steele.

Tickets are now on sale. General tickets are $100 with a special rate of $30 for students and those who work in public/social services.

To learn about opportunities to sponsor the Liberty Awards or donate to our silent auction, click here.

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