Former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama and activist group The Poor People’s Campaign will receive the Tennessee National Museum of Civil Rights Freedom Award, the institution said.
The awards, which recognize “significant contributions to civil and human rights,” will be presented to Michelle and activist leaders Reverend William Barber and Reverend Liz Theoharis in a virtual ceremony on Oct. 14, the museum said on Wednesday.
The country has never had a black first lady before lawyer and writer Michelle, whose husband, Barack Obama, took office in 2009. She will also be inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in October.
Based in Washington DC, The Poor People’s Campaign works to combat systemic racism, poverty and ecological devastation, the museum said in a statement.
“A special moment will focus on those events of the past year that have changed the way the nation views and deals with racial injustice, including a special tribute,” said awards producer Faith Morris.
The honoree will be Darnella Frazier, the teenager who recorded the murder of George Floyd on her cell phone, helping to spark global protests against racial injustice and police brutality last year.
Frazier also received a special citation from the Pulitzer Prize committee in June of this year.