The First Amendment Award was created in 1981 by the children, nieces, and nephews of Louis P. and Evelyn Smith, to honor those individuals and organizations that demonstrate extraordinary commitment to promoting and facilitating the thoughtful exercise of our right to freedom of expression

 

 First Amendment Award Recipients include:

 

2019 — Marty Baron

 

2013 – Barney Frank

 

2012 – James Downey

 

2011 – Anthony Lewis

 

2010 – F.I.R.E. (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education)

 

2009 – Gwen Ifill

 

2008 – Anita F. Hill

 

2006 – Cokie Roberts, Nina Totenberg, Linda Wertheimer

 

1999 – Marvin Kalb

 

1998 – John Lewis

 

1997 – Terry Gross

 

1994 – Ted Turner

 

1992 – David S. Nelson

 

1991 – Rosa Parks

 

1990 – Fang Lizhi

 

1989 – American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

 

1988 – Pete Seeger

 

1987 – Nicholas Daniloff

 

1986 – Daniel Schorr

 

1985 – Thomas Winship

 

1984 – Paul Tsongas

 

1982 – Maya Angelou

 

1981 – Norman Lear

 

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