By John Johnston
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Two modern-day "freedom conductors" - a woman who championed civil rights in this country, and an organization that presses for human rights around the world - tonight will be presented the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center's highest honor.
In Washington, D.C., Friday, Dorothy Height presents her newly published memoir to Sen. John Kerry, a Democratic presidential candidate.|
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About 1,000 people are expected at the Albert B. Sabin Cincinnati Convention Center when Dorothy Height and the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights receive International Freedom Conductor Awards. Ethel Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy's widow, will accept on behalf of the human rights center. The event is sold out.
The award honors those who have made significant contributions to freedom and human rights.
Height, 91, participated in almost every major civil-rights event of the 1960s, and was the lone woman among the movement's leadership. The RFK Memorial Center has worked for years to improve human rights conditions in places such as Kenya, South Africa, China and Haiti.
Rosa Parks received the first award in 1998. Her simple act of defiance - refusing in 1955 to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus to a white man - energized the civil rights movement.
South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu was honored in 2000 for his efforts at ending racial oppression in his homeland.
The free blacks, white abolitionists, Quakers and others who assisted fleeing slaves along the Underground Railroad were called conductors.
Their spirit is reflected in the awards, which recognize "people who epitomize the ideals and characteristics we think are so important," said Spencer Crew, the Freedom Center's executive director and CEO.
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