Survivors of Slavery speaker James Kofi Annan was recently awarded the Grinnell Young Innovators Social Justice Award for his work with youth in Ghana who are affected by slavery in the fishing industry. Grinnell honored Annan’s work to eradicate slavery and the worst forms of child labor in coastal Ghana. The award is given each year to a social innovator under 40 years old who have demonstrated leadership in their fields and who show creativity, commitment, and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change.
The prize honors up to three individuals. Each prize carries an award of $100,000, half to the winning individual and half to an organization committed to the winner’s area of social justice, for a total of up to $300,000 in prize awards. The inauguration of Grinnell College’s 13th president Raynard S. Kington, M.D., Ph.D marks a transition point for the college. The prize commemorates the occasion and celebrates Grinnell’s historical and future commitment to positive social change.
(from the Grinnell College website)