Meet the Liberty Award Winners

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As we all unite to work for justice in George Floyd's name, it's important to pause to honor several heroes who already are working hard to protect and advance civil liberties in Minnesota, often at personal or professional risk.
 

Please join the ACLU of Minnesota, emcee and renowned gospel singer Jearlyn Steele, and our celebration of these inspiring award winners, who protect and expand civil liberties and equal justice to all people across our state. 

Scroll below to learn more about our award winners, sponsors, silent auction and ways to get involved at the ALCU-MN.

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May 3, 2017

Torchbearer Award Winner Valerie Castile

The Room & Board Torchbearer Award, our newest award, honors an individual or group nominated by the public who has acted bravely to protect and promote civil liberties in Minnesota. It will be awarded to Valerie Castile and her family.

June 29, 2020

Torchbearer Award Winner Amy Koopman

The Room & Board Torchbearer Award, our newest award, honors an individual or group nominated by the public who has acted bravely to protect and promote civil liberties in Minnesota. Amy Koopman livestreamed the encounter and spoke out against police while they pulled over two Black men.

June 29, 2020

Earl Larson Award Winner Kim Hunter

The John & Maggie Miller Earl Larson Award, which honors a member of the legal community who has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to justice and civil liberties, will be awarded to Kim Hunter.

June 29, 2020

Changemaker Award Winner Nobles County Public Defenders

The Ron DeHarpporte Changemaker Award, which honors an individual or organization who has worked closely with the ACLU-MN to protect civil liberties in Minnesota, will be awarded to the Nobles County Public Defenders.

June 29, 2020

Liberty Award Sponsors

The ACLU-MN depends on donors large and small to keep up our work, and we couldn’t bring you the 2020 Virtual Liberty Awards without our wonderful sponsors. Thank you to all of our sponsors. 
 
June 30, 2020