July 4, 2004
If you have a few minutes this holiday weekend, look up the winners of the prestigious Philadelphia Liberty Medal. Today, Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai joins that impressive roster. The recipients are people who found diverse ways to represent the ideals of democracy and decency, of courage and conviction - ideals well worth celebrating this Independence Day. But here is what makes Karzai's situation different from most of those honored before him: They already had sealed the achievement that earned them the medal when they came to Philadelphia.
April 16, 1997 |
The Philadelphia Liberty Medal, usually bestowed upon presidents, prime ministers and other crusaders for peace and democracy, will be awarded this year to the international news division of CNN television. In announcing the decision yesterday, the selection committee pointed to CNN's rapidly expanding influence on both global leaders and the citizens of the world's democracies. Martin Meyerson, committee chairman, said the panel had been seeking a recipient drawn from both the private sector and the field of mass communications.
July 8, 1990
On the Fourth of July, Philadelphians gave a medal to former President Jimmy Carter; marched in a parade with Mayor Goode, Miss Pennsylvania and Popeye; watched triathletes finish a race from the Statue of Liberty; re- enacted Revolutionary War battles, and set off fireworks. Carter accepted the Philadelphia Liberty Medal before an audience of 10,000 gathered on the mall in front of Independence Hall. He was honored for his social and political work around the globe, including his observation of elections in Panama, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, and his help in constructing houses for the poor in the United States.
July 3, 1989 |
As the curtain closed on the bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution in 1987, many of Philadelphia's business and community leaders involved in We the People 200 took a good, hard look at what made the celebration such a success. Millions of residents and visitors witnessed a host of spectacular events. Tourism soared, setting a record for Independence National Historical Park. Philadelphia was in the news around the world. How could we keep the international spotlight on Philadelphia?
April 29, 1998
George J. Mitchell was the right man for the herculean job of bringing warring factions in Northern Ireland to the peace table. And he is the right person to be awarded this year's Philadelphia Liberty Medal. The medal is meant to honor leadership and vision in the pursuit of liberty of conscience or freedom from oppression, ignorance or deprivation. All those qualities apply to this selection, announced yesterday. For 22 months, the self-effacing former U.S. senator shuttled between parties that were not always on speaking terms.
May 27, 1993 |
President Clinton is coming to Philadelphia tomorrow, his first visit to the city since he became president. His one public event is a speech in the City Hall Courtyard sometime after noon. The topic will be the economy. Clinton has been planning this visit for some time to help U.S. Sen. Harris Wofford raise money for Wofford's re-election campaign next year. A private $1,000-per-ticket fund-raising reception is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel.
June 25, 1993 |
African National Congress President Nelson Mandela will speak at a fund- raising event for his group at the Philadelphia Civic Center on July 4, a few hours after he receives the Philadelphia Liberty Medal for his work in the struggle to dismantle apartheid in South Africa. Organizers said the $10 tickets for the event, scheduled for 7:30-9:30 p.m., are available at the Civic Center box office and at local radio stations WHAT, 2471 N. 54th St., and WDAS, Belmont and Edgeley Avenues.
July 4, 1997 |
As Americans celebrate their independence, we have much to be thankful for. We are at peace, and our economy is strong. We are on the threshold of a remarkably promising era of discovery, technological progress, and fundamental change in how we create and share information - our emerging "wired world. " This year's Philadelphia Liberty Medal winner, CNN International, is emblematic of the road we have traveled in the post-war period as new technology has expanded - and in many ways redefined - our traditional liberties.
June 19, 1991 |
Before the cholera sets in, before the dehydration devastates the children, the French doctors are there. Before traditional relief efforts by the United Nations or Red Cross arrive, the French doctors are already at work. "The French doctors," that's what refugees in El Salvador, Iraq and Liberia call them. Officially, the organization is named Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), a humanitarian group based in Paris. For the past 20 years, whenever natural or human-created disasters occur, volunteer doctors from France and other countries have responded within days - if not hours - to provide emergency medical relief.
May 24, 1991 |
Oscar Arias Sanchez, former president of Costa Rica, and Medecins Sans Frontieres, a French humanitarian group that provided medical aid to Kurdish refugees, were named yesterday as co-recipients of the Philadelphia Liberty Medal for 1991. The recipients, who will split the medal's $100,000 cash award, were chosen for their "major contributions to the extension of freedoms in other regions of world," Martin Meyerson, chairman of the medal's international selection commission, said in a statement.