Kerry Kennedy, President of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights, will receive the New York State United Teachers’ Albert Shanker Award for Distinguished Service — the union’s most prestigious award, recognizing special contributions made to public education in the United States.
“Kerry Kennedy’s contributions to public education are immeasurable,” said NYSUT President Richard C. Iannuzzi. “Her work and commitment toward inspiring our students to speak up and speak out about human rights by fighting inequality and championing social justice will ensure the powerless are given a voice and an opportunity to improve their lives.
“NYSUT’s leadership, members, actions, and most importantly, courage, demonstrate a deep and abiding commitment to the protection of human rights and the empowerment of young people to create change," said Kerry Kennedy. “In spirit and in practice, NYSUT embodies ‘Speak Truth to Power.’"
In partnership with NYSUT, Kerry Kennedy also developed the Speak Up, Speak Out curriculum, providing students lessons and resources designed to instill the concept of social justice and the principles of a just society, which are the cornerstones of Robert F. Kennedy’s legacy.
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