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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.
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April 16, 1997 | By Alan Sipress, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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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.
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July 3, 1989 | BY GILBERT A. WETZEL
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?
NEWS
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.
NEWS
May 27, 1993 | By Katharine Seelye, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 25, 1993 | By Richard Jones, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER The Associated Press contributed to this article
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.
NEWS
July 4, 1997 | By James A. Unruh
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.
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June 19, 1991 | by Mary Flannery, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 24, 1991 | By Vanessa Williams, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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December 21, 2011 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, seravaf@phillynews.com
DALLAS - They are just two letters, a "V" and "H," together on the back of his helmet. They sit inconspicuously across from the NHL shield that is stuck on every dome in the league. The letters, worn by Flyers forwards Jaromir Jagr and Jakub Voracek, are the initials of Vaclav Havel, the former Czech Republic president who died Sunday. And they aren't going anywhere anytime soon. Jagr, still his country's biggest pop-culture icon, is not just paying homage to the life of a courageous defender of freedom as his civic duty.
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June 30, 2006 | By Larry Eichel INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton will be awarded the 2006 Philadelphia Liberty Medal this fall for their joint efforts to raise money to help survivors of the Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina. Bush and Clinton are scheduled to accept the award and its $100,000 prize on Oct. 5 at the National Constitution Center, which has now assumed responsibility for the medal from the Philadelphia Foundation. In years past, the medal generally has been awarded as part of the city's Independence Day celebration.
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July 5, 2004 | By Tina Moore and Natalie Pompilio INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan accepted the 2004 Philadelphia Liberty Medal yesterday as he and other speakers reminded the audience of the similarities between his country's fledgling democracy and a young America. "The Declaration of Independence, signed in this very hall, led to the founding of this great nation," Karzai told a crowd of between 600 and 800 under heightened security around Independence Hall. "We, the Afghan people, have also enshrined these divine rights in our new constitution.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
May 27, 2004 | By Stephan Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Hamid Karzai, the president of Afghanistan who fought against Soviet invaders in the early 1980s and broke with the Taliban rulers in the 1990s, has been named the recipient of the 2004 Philadelphia Liberty Medal. The Liberty Medal, accompanied by a $100,000 award, is the centerpiece of the city's July 4 celebration at Independence Hall. First awarded in 1989 and administered by the Philadelphia Foundation, the medal honors an individual or organization that has "demonstrated leadership and vision in the pursuit of liberty of conscience or freedom from oppression, ignorance, or deprivation.
NEWS
July 6, 2003
On Friday, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court was awarded the 2003 Philadelphia Liberty Medal. To give an idea of the breadth and depth of O'Connor's thought, here are some excerpts from her book "The Majesty of the Law. " In difficult cases, in unpopular cases, in cases that may draw criticism from the executive branch of government, the legislature, the media, or the general populace, it is essential that judges be...
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July 3, 2003 | By James M. O'Neill and Stephen Henderson INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Sometimes life just doesn't turn out the way you plan it. Take the little girl named Sandra who grew up on an Arizona cattle ranch that lacked running water. There were no neighbors for 25 miles, so she hung with the cowboys, had a bobcat as a pet, and hoped one day to be a cattle rancher herself. Instead, she became the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Tomorrow, that girl - now known to millions of Americans as Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the independent-minded swing vote on many of the most contentious social issues to come before the court over the last decade - will receive the 2003 Philadelphia Liberty Medal.
NEWS
April 25, 2003
A magna cum laude graduate of Stanford University, Sandra Day O'Connor sped through law school in two years, finishing third in her class. These accomplishments should have set her up for easy success after graduation. Yet O'Connor slammed head-on into gender discrimination when she knocked on law-firm doors, looking for a job. She couldn't get hired as a lawyer - though one firm did offer her work as a legal secretary. No thanks, guys. Now, at the top of her profession, she probably has offered a few aspiring young male lawyers work as legal secretaries.
NEWS
May 12, 2002 | By Acel Moore
The selection of Secretary of State Colin Powell to receive this year's Philadelphia Liberty Medal is provoking much thought and even debate in some quarters, given today's background of domestic politics and conflict in the Middle East. Not that Powell is not deserving of the honor. Most Americans would agree he richly deserves it. An international selection commission chose Powell, and his selection is in keeping with those of past winners, including former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela, Solidarity founder and former president of Poland Lech Walesa, and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
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May 8, 2002 | By Frederick Cusick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell has been picked to receive this year's Philadelphia Liberty Medal at Independence Hall on July Fourth, officials announced yesterday. The medal was created in 1988 during the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution. The medal is designed to go to people or organizations anywhere in the world, officials said, that have demonstrated "leadership and vision in pursuit of liberty of conscience or freedom from oppression, ignorance or deprivation.
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