CINCINNATI — Today author and civil rights advocate Michelle Alexander received the 2013 Howard M. Metzenbaum award for her brilliant, courageous and influential work attacking both the stubborn roots of racism, and at best, misguided drug policy in America, and her ability to raise the profile of her message.
Ms. Alexander was nominated by the board of Ohio Citizen Action in 2012. The award originated in 1995 to both commemorate the retirement of Senator Howard Metzenbaum, a long-time crusader for justice for working people and to continue honoring those from or working in Ohio who best exhibit his trait of “principled tenacity”.
Past honorees include grassroots activists like Alonzo Spencer, who organized resistance to the world’s largest hazardous waste incinerator in East Liverpool, OH, farm labor organizer Baldemar Velazquez , journalist/filmmaker Phil Donohue and attorneys/historians/activists Alice and Staughton Lynd. Ms. Alexander was not able to receive her award in person, so a letter was sent with the award from Ohio Citizen Action Development Director Melissa English. ‘Please accept this award with our compliments. May it inspire you to further pursue your work for justice and understanding,” she wrote.
– Ohio Citizen Action