MEMPHIS, Tennessee – Former First Lady Michelle Obama and The Poor People’s Campaign received the Freedom Awards from the National Civil Rights Museum in Tennessee.
The museum said Wednesday that Obama and the two campaign leaders, Rev. William Barber and Rev. Liz Theoharis, will be honored during a virtual ceremony on October 14th.
The awards are presented annually by the Museum in Memphis. The museum is located on the site of the former Lorraine Motel, where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot on April 4, 1968.
Obama is a lawyer and writer who became the first black first lady in 2008 when her husband, former President Barack Obama, was elected. She is committed to healthy families, members of the military, higher education and international girls’ education.
The poor people’s campaign works to combat systemic racism, poverty, ecological destruction, militarism and religious nationalism, the museum said in a press release.