2003 FREEDOM AWARDS 

2003 FREEDOM AWARDS

HONOREES: Recipients of the 2003 Freedom Awards presented by the National Civil Rights Museum were former President Bill Clinton and Memphis civil rights legend Maxine Smith. They and U.S. Rep. Harold Ford (left), emcee for a Tuesday afternoon public forum at the Temple of the Deliverance, stood at attention for a singing of the Star Spangled Banner. The afternoon event was followed by an evening awards banquet at The Peabody. At both events, Clinton made a point of saying, "I hope I live long enough to vote for Harold Ford." (The African-American congressman, who is eying a Senate run in 2006, has been widely touted as a likely future candidate for national office.) Ford reciprocated at the afternoon event, calling Clinton "great" and, presumably on behalf of the large contingent of fellow African Americans on hand, saying, "He's our president, and, as much as I love our president now, I sure do miss those visits to the Oval Office!" Both men praised Smith, the former head of the Memphis-area NAACP and a longtime member of the city's school board, for her contributions to the cause of civil rights.

Keep the Flyer Free!

Always independent, always free (never a paywall),
the Memphis Flyer is your source for the best in local news and information.

Now we want to expand and enhance our work.
That's why we're asking you to join us as a Frequent Flyer member.

You'll get membership perks (find out more about those here) and help us continue to deliver the independent journalism you've come to expect.


Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
    • News News

      The deals, the launches, and good reporting of 2018.

Blogs

Film/TV/Etc. Blog

Music Video Monday: John Kilzer

Beyond the Arc

Trade Deadline Forces Grizz into a Tough Gasol Decision

Tiger Blue

Tigers 83, SMU 61

Politics Beat Blog

In Brief Address, Governor Bill Lee Takes the Oath in Nashville

News Blog

Haslam Grants Clemency to 23 on Last Day

Music Blog

Listen Up: Bailey Bigger

Hungry Memphis

Midtown Donuts Opening February 1st

Fly On The Wall Blog

On Gannett, The Commercial Appeal, and Digital First

News Blog

Memphians Vie to be Best Pinball Player in State

Politics Beat Blog

No Surprise: Strickland Announces for Reelection

ADVERTISEMENT

More by Denise Parkinson

  • Respect Your Elders

    If a tree falls in Central Gardens, does anybody give a damn?
    • Oct 22, 2004
  • Will the Wolf Survive?

    A new plan aims to preserve the Wolf River ecosystem -- and Memphis water.
    • Jan 22, 2004
  • CALUMNIES

    CALUMNIES
    • Nov 23, 2003
  • More »
ADVERTISEMENT
© 1996-2019

Contemporary Media
460 Tennessee Street, 2nd Floor | Memphis, TN 38103
Visit our other sites: Memphis Magazine | Memphis Parent | Inside Memphis Business
Powered by Foundation