Geoffrey Canada ’74 Receives National Freedom Award

Geoffrey Canada '74

Geoffrey Canada ’74

Harlem Children’s Zone President and CEO Geoffrey Canada ’74, received the Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn.

An annual tradition since 1991, the Freedom Awards honor individuals who have made significant contributions in the battle for civil and human rights, and who have helped create opportunity for the disenfranchised both in the U.S. and around the world.

“We’ve allowed failure to become the norm in schools across this country and nothing changes,” said Canada upon receiving the award. “We’ve got to do something about that.”


  1. Eileen Sheedy-Currie says:

    This award could not go to a better man and advocate for the voiceless. Congratulations!

  2. Paul Batista says:

    What good news. I’ve always been impressed by Geoffrey Canada’s work and I’m proud that we are both Bowdoin grads. We live in an era when his values and goals are less honored than they once were.

  3. Mike Coster says:

    One of Bowdoin’s finest !!
    Wonderful work.
    when US Education is far from where it should be

    Wonderful work from one of our great graduates.
    Mike Coster ’57

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