(Washington, D.C.) – The Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and the Raskin family are thrilled to recognize Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II as the 2019 recipient of the inaugural Marcus Raskin Award for Civic and Intellectual Courage. The award will be presented by Marc’s son, Congressman Jamie Raskin; Marc’s friend, Congresswoman Barbara Lee; and Marc’s long-time colleague and current IPS Director John Cavanagh.

The late Marcus Raskin and Dick Barnet co-founded IPS in 1963, and the organization has since served as a hub for the major social movements of our time. The Marcus Raskin Award is an initiative of IPS and the Raskin family to honor Marc’s legacy of speaking truth to power.

The award recognizes an individual who is an outstanding and brave leader in the fields Marc was passionate about, including peace, social reconstruction, art, and politics. Rev. Barber will be recognized for his leadership in the revived Poor People’s Campaign. To date, the campaign has built a broad-based grassroots movement across the United States to confront systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, and militarism.

WHO: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, co-founder, Poor People’s Campaign
John Cavanagh, director, Institute for Policy Studies
Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-MD 8th District
Rep. Barbara Lee, D-CA 13th District

WHAT: First Annual Marcus Raskin Award for Civic and Intellectual Courage Ceremony

WHEN: Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 1:00 – 2:00 PM

WHERE: James Madison Memorial Building at the Library of Congress, Montpelier Room
101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20540
Located across the street from the Capitol South metro stop

MEDIA RSVP: Please RSVP to Domenica Ghanem, 202-787-5205, domenica@ips-dc.org.


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