Accra, The US Embassy has presented the 2017 Martin Luther King Jr Peace and Social Justice Award to Professor Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi, Executive Director of the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD).
He was honoured for his role in promoting democracy and good governance in the country and beyond.
Prof Gyimah-Boadi was also honoured for his work in promoting good governance, and economic opportunity and championing the human right of the marginalised and vulnerable populations.
The award was presented to the Professor at the 10th Annual Martin Luther King Jr Award ceremony and Breakfast hosted by the US Ambassador Mr Robert P. Jackson and his wife Mrs Babette P. Jackson on Thursday in Accra.
The award, which was started by former US Ambassador Ms Pamela Bridgewater, has through the years recognised a number of outstanding Ghanaian individuals including Sheikh Dr Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, National Chief Imam, as the 2016 recipient, Dr Emmanuel Akwetey, Executive Director of Institute for Democratic Governance 2015, and Prof Rev Emmanuel Asante, of the National Peace Council, as 2014 recipient.
Others are Mrs Angela Dwamena-Aboagye, Executive Director of Ark Foundation, 2009 Recipient, Mrs Janet Adama Mohammed, Director of IBIS West Africa Human Rights and Democratisation Programme being the 2010 recipient and Ms Afi Azaratu Yakubu, Executive Director of Foundation for Security and Development in Africa receiving the 2013 award.
Mr Jackson said the award was given out annually to recognise a Ghanaian citizen who personifies Dr Kings’ philosophy and actions and, whose life’s work has contributed greatly to society.
As we honour the individual, we also honour the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. We remember the sacrifices he made as he spent a lifetime advocating social justice, human rights, and equality through non-violent means, he noted.
Mr Jackson said through the advocacy of Luther King Jr, America emerged as a better country but presently there was still some work to do, through advocacy and activism to create an equal society for all Americans.
Source: Ghana News Agency