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    2005 Winning Essay by Allie Comet

    Allie Comet, a 17 year-old senior at Stuyvesant High School in New York City, and Kevin Zhou, a 16 year-old junior from Monte Vista High School in Danville, California, were honored at the May 16, 2005 Profile in Courage Award ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston for their prize-winning entries in the national John F. Kenned...

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    Charles Price (1997)

    Judge Charles Price, a circuit court judge in Montgomery, Alabama, was honored in 1997 for his devotion to the principles of the American Constitution that compelled him to rule that a fellow circuit court judge's courtroom display of the Ten Commandments for religious purposes was a violation of the First Amendment. In 1995, Etowah County (Alabama...

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    James Florio (1993)

    On May 30, 1990, under Governor Florio's leadership, New Jersey passed the strictest gun control law in the nation, banning the sale and severely restricting the possession of assault weapons in the state. The action was a significant legislative victory for Florio, who was then engaged in a public and political battle over his reforms to the state...

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    Lateefah Simon 2010

    Lateefah Simon, 33, has advocated tirelessly on behalf of communities of color, youth and women since her teenage years. At age 15, she joined the Center for Young Women's Development, an outreach organization led by young women to provide peer-to-peer support to at-risk girls and young women in San Francisco. Simon began as a volunteer and eventua...

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    Dan Ponder, Jr. (2003)

    In March 2000, the Georgia legislature was engaged in a bitter debate over a bill to strengthen penalties for hate crimes. The house had just voted 83-82 to shelve the bill when Dan Ponder, Jr., a Republican from a conservative district in southwestern Georgia, rose to speak. He had told no one of his plans to support the legislation. In a searchin...

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    Elizabeth Redenbaugh (2011)

    An active school volunteer for years, Elizabeth Redenbaugh was sworn in as a member of North Carolina’s New Hanover County school board in December 2008. A few months after she was elected, the school board began contemplating a redistricting plan that appeared likely to result in increased socioeconomic and racial segregation in Wilmington midd...

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    Viktor Yushchenko (2005)

    In December 2004, despite an assassination attempt and repeated efforts by Russian- backed political opponents to rig his defeat through election fraud, Viktor Yushchenko became the democratically elected leader of Ukraine. In doing so, he inspired citizens of the world with his extraordinary courage. Yushchenko was elected president on December 26...

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    2005 Winning Essay by Allie Comet

    Allie Comet, a 17 year-old senior at Stuyvesant High School in New York City, and Kevin Zhou, a 16 year-old junior from Monte Vista High School in Danville, California, were honored at the May 16, 2005 Profile in Courage Award ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston for their prize-winning entries in the national John F. Kenned...

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KN-21238. President John F. Kennedy with Representatives from AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education

President John F. Kennedy (center, in foreground) greets delegates to a conference on vote...