June 22, 2000|
The Dr. Marketta Laurila Free Speech Award Committee will recognize Western North Carolinians who stand up for the right of free speech in ways that promote social justice, racial harmony, community betterment, and self-determination at its upcoming 2000 Awards Ceremony. The committee requests nominations of Western North Carolina residents who, within the last three years, have taken action towards defending their own or others' right of free speech and persisted despite personal risk.
Nominations are due on or before July 14, 2000. To submit a nomination, fill out and mail the printer friendly form.
Community organizations and individuals established the Free Speech Award in 1988 to recognize champions of free speech like former UNCA Professor of Spanish Dr. Marketta Laurila, the award's first recipient and namesake, who was denied reappointment after becoming an outspoken opponent of U.S. policy in Central America. This year's awards ceremony will be held September 15 at the Jubilee!