The Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School awards annually the Gleitsman Activist Award to honor exceptional leaders and innovators who have sparked positive social change and inspired others to do the same.
This important award was created in 1993 by the late Alan L. Gleitsman who described the intent of this honor to “recognize people who make a difference, tell their story, and make other people aware of what one person can do.”
The winner of the Gleitsman Activist Award will receive a $125,000 prize and a specially commissioned sculpture designed by Maya Lin, the creator of the Vietnam War Memorial. The honoree will be honored at a ceremony and dinner on or near the Harvard University campus.
Read more about our 2017 Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award Winner Rep. John Lewis.
Past winners of the Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award include:
ERIC GREITENS, Founder, The Mission Continues
MARTA ADELA ANTOKOLETZ, Founder, Madres de la Plaza de Mayo
WEI JINSHENG, human rights activist in China
DR. JACK KEVORKIAN, A pioneer for end-of-life rights
WENDY KOPP, Founder, Teach For America
NELSON MANDELA, President, African National Congress
BILL SHORE, Co-founder and CEO, Share Our Strength
GLORIA STEINEM, Citizen activist extraordinaire
BRYAN STEVENSON, Executive Director and Founder, Equal Justice Initiative