At the outset of the pandemic, Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and her son, Jack Schlossberg, wanted to find a way to honor those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic that were going above and beyond their everyday responsibilities to help those in their communities.
Yeshimabeit Milner was raised by an immigrant mother in predominately Black neighborhoods in Miami and experienced systematic racism throughout her childhood. After witnessing a principal put a 14-year-old into a chokehold, Milner and several friends organized a peaceful protest. In response, SWAT units swept through the crowd and beat more than 30 students. That event sparked Milner to dedicate her life to researching statistics about Black lives, beginning with the suspension statistics for Black children in her community.
Judge Lina Hidalgo’s family fled their home country of Colombia as gang violence ravaged the country. Her parents had two goals: to make sure she had a good education and to get the family to a safer place to live. After living in Peru and Mexico for a time, they arrived in the United States in 2005 when she was 14. She went on to study political science at Stanford University and was the first in her family to attend college. She became a United States citizen in the same year she earned her degree.
The 2021 Profile in Courage Award goes to Senator Mitt Romney for his vote to convict President Donald J. Trump in 2020, and his consistent and courageous defense of democracy. As the first Senator to have ever voted to convict a President of his own party, Senator Romney’s courageous stand was historic.
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In a virtual ceremony on May 26, 2021, the JFK Library Foundation gave the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award to U.S. Senator Mitt Romney for his vote to convict President Donald J. Trump in 2020 in the Presidential Impeachment trial. The Foundation also honored seven frontline workers for showing courage in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.