The Liberator Awards highlight and acknowledge Ohio's leading abolitionists. During the past few years, each state has stepped up to the plate and worked hard to improve their grade card from Shared Hope International.
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About the Liberator Awards
The Liberator Awards were created by S.O.A.P. to unite people from around the state who are working for the same cause: fighting human trafficking. They were also created with the hopes of highlighting the work of amazing individuals and groups. Everyone will tell you: this is hard stuff to do. We should diligently celebrate those who do it not because it is easy, but because it is right. The inspiration and namesake for this event is William Lloyd Garrison.
William Lloyd Garrison (December 12, 1805 - May 24, 1879) was a prominent American abolitionist, journalist, suffragist, and social reformer. He is best known as the editor of the first abolitionist newspaper, The Liberator. He promoted immediate emancipation of slaves in the United States. In the 1870s, Garrison also became a prominent voice for the women's suffrage movement.
Garrison became famous as one of the most articulate, as well as most radical, opponents of slavery. His approach to emancipation stressed “moral suasion”, non-violence, and passive resistance. While some other abolitionists of the time favored gradual emancipation, Garrison argued for “immediate and complete emancipation of all slaves”.
2016 - Ohio: Katie Bush 2016 - Michigan: Vivian Walczesky 2015 - Ohio: Dr. Celia Williamson (University of Toledo) 2015 - Michigan: Lindsay Fischer (All Worthy of Love) 2014 - Ohio: Kim Hogan (Trinity Catholic High School, Garfield Heights) 2013 - Ohio: Mindy Kuebler
2016 - Ohio: Nora Riggs 2016 - Michigan: Woodhaven High School Theatre Company 2015 - Ohio: Reynoldsburg High School Human Trafficking Youth Coalition 2015 - Michigan: Grand Valley State University (International Justice Mission) 2014 - Ohio: Megan Gallagher (Ohio University End Slavery Movement) 2013 - Ohio: Columbus City Schools (Stories Behind their Eyes)
2015 - Ohio: Ian Kallay 2015 - Michigan: Senator Judy Emmons (Michigan State Senate) 2014 - Ohio: Judge Paul Herbert (Franklin County Municipal Court - CATCH Court) 2013 - Ohio: Governor John Kasich
Nominate & Vote
Nominations are submitted for the entire month of October. Nominees must reside or work in the state for which they are nominated. Who do you know that has worked to raise awareness, change laws, educate others, or help to stop this crime from happening in your state? Visit this page in October to submit a nomination.
Voting is open for the entire month of November. Finalists are determined by the leading number of votes in each category. The top three finalists will then be voted on by previous winners and finalists to determine the winner. Visit this page in November to vote.
Tickets to the Liberator Awards
An evening worthy of the Emmys or Grammys (we call it the Libbys)! Put on your fanciest clothes, mingle with finalists, celebrate with winners, and find out who will be revealed as this year's Liberator of the Year!
All tickets include a free dinner and admission to the ceremony (same location) unless otherwise noted.
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Each year, one individual is selected from among the nominees to win the Liberator of the Year Award. With such a great honor also comes a bit of irreverance, traditionally in the form of a short satirical clip based very loosely on the life of the winner. Here are a few of those videos meant to celebrate (and occasionally tease) our venerable heroes.