Past Honorees

Illustrative List of Past National Peacemaker Award Recipients

Southern Poverty Law Center (2017), for "Teaching Tolerance," the renowned Center’s award-  winning multimedia platform for building an inclusive society, which empowers educators  nationwide to guide students away from bias and conflict and toward empathy and unity.

Richard Dreyfuss (2016), for his work through the Dreyfuss Initiative teaching youth the  importance of civil discussion regarding topics of national importance.

President Janet Napolitano (2015), for her work proactively addressing the deeply troubling  issue of sexual assault on campus throughout the University of California (UC) system, and for  promoting diversity on all UC campuses.

Congressman John Lewis (2014), an American icon, and one of the key figures of the civil rights  movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper's  farm to the halls of Congress and from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington.

USNS Mercy (2013) provides rapid medical services as well as humanitarian and disaster assistance to  those in need around the world. The USNS Mercy missions are about diplomacy and building  relationships, using a ship originally built for war, as an instrument of peace. 

David Gergen (2012), for his oversight at the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy  School, and for demonstrating collaborative bi-partisanship, serving under both Republican and  Democratic administrations.

Athol Fugard (2011), for his political plays opposing the South African System of Apartheid and for his  body of work and advocacy for artists to play a greater role in addressing the issues of our time. 

Major General Michael R. Lehnert, USMC (Ret.) (2010), for leadership in human decency by ensuring  humane treatment for detainees in the early days at Camp X-Ray, Guantanamo Bay.

Gary & Dr. Jeanne Herberger (2010), for philanthropy in peacemaking and establishing the Conflict  Transformation Project at Arizona State University. 

The George McGovern-Robert Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program  (2009). By enhancing school attendance and nutrition for the world’s poorest children in 41 countries, the McGovern-Dole Program has provided life-altering opportunities to millions of children, especially girls,  previously trapped in cycles of hunger, poverty, and violence.

The International Rescue Committee (2008), for its 75 years or service, working tirelessly to alleviate  the human toll of violent conflicts around the world by providing safety and sanctuary to innocent victims  of war’s chaos. 

The Cross-Border Collaborative Team (2007), spearheaded by the San Diego Natural History Museum  and leading environmental organizations in Mexico, that lobbied successfully to have the islands in the Sea of Cortes designated as a United Nations World Heritage Site.

The City of Houston and Harris County, Texas (2006), Mayor Bill White and the Honorable Robert  Eckels, Harris County Judge, for stepping forward with a bold display of civic cooperation that provided  aid and shelter for 25,000 evacuees of Hurricane Katrina. 

Dr. Judea and Ruth Pearl, founders of the Daniel Pearl Foundation (2005), for promoting cross-cultural  understanding through media internships, Arab-Israeli dialogue, and international music festivals to honor  their son, Wall Street journal writer Daniel Pearl, who was murdered by Islamist extremists in Pakistan in 2002