A feature of the Jubilee is the giving of the Freedom’s Flame awards.
According to the Jubilee’s website (www.thebridgecrossingjubilee.org),
the giving of the Freedom’s Flame awards “is the Jubilee’s most prestigious event. The 21st Century Youth Leadership Movement and SCLC
join with the National Voting Rights Museum & Institute to honor the
keepers of the flame of freedom.”
Ocean and Michele
Last year, Ocean and Michele were honored as winners of the “Couple of
the Movement” Freedom’s Flame award. They received the award in Selma,
Alabama, on March 8 at a gala reception
and dinner attended by many celebrities and heroes of the civil rights
movement, on the eve of the annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee, March 9.
Michele and Ocean may be the youngest couple to receive this award, and are among the first white people. The first “Couple of the Movement” award winners were Dr. Martin Luther King and Corretta Scott King.
Jefferson Awards for Greatest Public Service
The Jefferson Awards for Public Service were established in 1972 by
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Senator Robert Taft, Jr., and several
prominent philanthropists. The goal, according to the Jefferson Awards
website, was “to create a Nobel Prize for public and community service... to encourage and honor individuals for their achievements and
contributions through public and community service.”
Each year, four national awards are given, one in each of four
categories. The board of the Jefferson Awards prides themselves on being
nonpartisan, and the recipients over the years have been leaders who cross the entire range of the political spectrum. The winners of these
awards have included many of the most prominent and influential people
in the nation today (including, just to name a smattering, Colin Powell,
Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Ralph Nader, Walter Cronkite, Bob Hope,
Jimmy Carter, Oprah Winfrey, and Bill and Melinda Gates.)
One of the four categories is Greatest Public Service by an Individual
35 Years or Younger. Previous winners in this category have included
Cesar Chavez, Max Cleland, Faith Hill, Lance Armstrong, and Peyton Manning.
Last year, Ocean Robbins was the winner in this category.
Ocean accepts Jeffreson Award
The black-tie awards ceremony took place in Washington, DC, on June 17.
The ceremony was supported by several former U.S. Presidents, and sixty
members of the Senate.
To view a list of impressive past winners of the Jefferson Awards,
It is a testament to Ocean’s achievement to have his and his wife’s work
recognized by two such powerful, and yet so very different,
perspectives. One award is from a center of progressive change, the
other from a center of established power. Apparently, these two
perspectives both have seen something in Ocean’s and Michele’s work that
has moved them deeply.
Congratulations, Ocean, Michele – and John and Deo!
To learn more about Ocean and his work, visit: http://www.oceanrobbins.com
VIDEO: Watch Ocean's new film "This is Our Time: Young Voices from the Inauguration"
Message From Ocean: I just got back from being in DC with a bunch of young leaders for the inauguration. It was so inspiring! We realized that this moment isn't just about Barack Obama, it's also about the people who brought him into office. The 18-29 year-old demographic voted in record numbers and supported him by a 2-1 margin in the general election. The success or failure of the new administration has a lot less to do with Obama than with us, the people of this country.
So we made a 10 minute movie profiling the voices of young leaders including among others Van Jones of Green for All, Jesse Carmichael and Mickey Madden of Maroon 5, Coumba Toure of Ashoka, singer/songwriter Goapele, and young voices on the streets, at this crucial moment in history. We asked them what this moment means to them, and what opportunities they see in the crises we face. Their answers surprised and moved us, and the result is a totally spontaneous and - I think you'll agree - powerfully moving piece, straight from the action in Washington, DC.
Check out This Is Our Time: Young Voices from the Inauguration, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKrv92yXTig
We invite you to check the video out and forward this link widely. If you have a Facebook page, please consider posting this video there, and send it out to your friends. If you are so inspired, leave feedback and comments on youtube. If you are interested in ordering DVD copies, let us know.
Yours for a thriving, just and sustainable future,