Established in 1988, the Reebok Human Rights Award recognizes young people
on the front lines of human rights work who -- early in their lives and
against great odds -- have had a significant impact in their communities.
It is the only corporately supported human rights award to acknowledge young
rights activists for their outstanding contribution and personal sacrifice.
Candidates must be no more than 30 years of age and cannot advocate violence.
To support the work of the recipients, The Reebok Foundation will distribute
$25,000 to a human rights organization designated by each recipient. Award
recipients are chosen annually by the Reebok Human Rights Board of Advisors,
President Jimmy Carter, 39th president of the United States
Paul Fireman, Chairman and CEO, Reebok International Ltd.
Peter Gabriel, musical artist
Rafer Johnson, Olympic decathlete and President of the California Special Olympics
C. Joseph LaBonte, Chairman and CEO, Jenny Craig
Kerry Kennedy Cuomo, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights
Elaine Jones, Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Li Lu, 1989 Reebok Human Rights Award recipient
Angel Martinez, President and CEO, The Rockport Co.
Michael Posner, Executive Director of the Lawyer's Committee for Human Rights
Michael Stipe, musical artist
Rose Styron, poet and journalist
Leonard Zakim, Executive Director of the Northeast Region, Anti-Defamation League
In addition to the Human Rights Award, Reebok supports "Witness," a program that supplies human rights groups with video cameras, fax machines and other tools of mass communication to help them fight injustice. The Witness program was created in 1992 through a unique partnership between musical artist Peter Gabriel, the Lawyer's Committee for Human Rights and The Reebok Foundation.