The 2008 Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal Awards were presented on Sunday, October 19th.
Public health, poverty alleviation, climate change champion;
tireless promoter of green-collar economic potential worldwide;
founder Sustainable South Bronx to achieve environmental justice;
awarded MacArthur “Genius” Grant, Newsweek’s “25 to Watch.”
Devoted civil rights activist evidenced through her celebrated career choices and personal presence at pivotal moments in the tumultuous history of American civil rights;
American icon of stage and screen for over 60 years.
Hudson River Housing
Preeminent nonprofit housing developer and homeless services provider;
develops, rehabilitates, and operates emergency, transitional, and
permanent housing for low-income and homeless citizens;
leader in political, economic, and social justice dialogues.
Author, speaker, tireless advocate for human rights;
has led over forty human rights delegations to more than 30 countries;
established the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights; chronicled
extraordinary stories of human rights defenders in Speak Truth to Power.
Internationally acclaimed actress, she has used her celebrity to promote world efforts to relieve hunger, promote women’s issues and children,
support people with HIV/AIDS through global field missions as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, public service films, and press conferences.
Medalists 1987 - 2008
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Left to Right: Gail Webster, Richard Wager, Majora Carter, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Harry Belafonte, Kathleen Durham, and James Earl Jones.
Left to Right: Richard Wager, Gail Webster, Kerry Kennedy, Majora Carter, Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, James Earl Jones, and Meera Gandhi