A Middle Tennessean will join Danny Glover, Cicely Tyson and several other celebrities when they pick up awards tomorrow at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.
The 2011 National Freedom Awards are being presented this year to civil rights pioneers in several fields, including education, sports, the arts, and activism.
Special awards for what the museum calls “icons” of the American civil rights movement will also be presented. The museum’s Gwen Harmon says Middle Tennessee’s John Seigenthaler will be among seven Icon recipients.
The Albert Gore Research Center at Middle Tennessee State University is conducting a veteran’s oral history project in cooperation with the Library of Congress.
The Center has interviewed several hundred Middle Tennessee vets to date and has 50 more on a list waiting to be interviewed.
Center Director, Dr. Jim Williams, says it’s important to get the stories of older vets recorded quickly. He notes statistics indicating that World War II vets are now dying at a rate of 6,000 per day.