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2018 Wallenberg Lecture: March For Our Lives & The B.R.A.V.E. Youth Leaders

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Rackham Auditorium

915 East Washington Street

Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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The Wallenberg Medal and Lecture program honors Raoul Wallenberg who graduated from U-M’s College of Architecture in 1935. In 1944, at the request of Jewish organizations and the American War Refugee Board, the Swedish Foreign Ministry sent Wallenberg on a rescue mission to Budapest. Over the course of six months, Wallenberg issued thousands of protective passports and placed many thousands of Jews in safe houses throughout the besieged city. He confronted Hungarian and German forces to secure the release of Jews, whom he claimed were under Swedish protection, and saved more than 80,000 lives.

U-M awards the Wallenberg Medal annually to those who, through actions and personal commitment, perpetuate Wallenberg’s own extraordinary accomplishments and human values, and demonstrate the capacity of the human spirit to stand up for the helpless, to defend the integrity of the powerless, and to speak out on behalf of the voiceless. The Wallenberg Medalists, through their actions and values, demonstrate that one person, individually or collectively, can make a difference in the struggle for a better world.

The B.R.A.V.E. Youth Leaders is an organization of youth activists sponsored by the faith community of Saint Sabina Church on Chicago’s South Side. The group’s mission is to prevent violence and to cultivate leadership for social justice. Rie’Onna Holmon and Ke’Shon Newman, whose brother was shot and killed while walking his girlfriend home from a bus stop, are both youth ambassadors.

March For Our Lives was formed after the February 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, as a movement dedicated to student-led activism around ending gun violence and the epidemic of mass shootings in schools. Alex Wind, a founding member of the organization, is committed to serving as a voice for those who have been silenced.

Tickets are general admission and seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Once the Rackham Auditorium is at capacity, guests will be directed to the overflow seating fourth floor of the Rackham Building.

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