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Vice President Biden receives 2018 Freedom Award

October 29, 2018


On October 17, Vice President Joe Biden received the 2018 Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn. The Freedom Award is the museum’s signature event that honors outstanding individuals for their contributions to civil and human rights. Vice President Biden received this year’s award alongside civil rights leader Jesse Jackson and philanthropist Pitt Hyde.

“I’m here to tell you that, once again, we need your energy. Once again, we need your leadership. Once again, we need your renewed commitment to civil rights and civil justice,” he told the crowd in downtown Memphis.

“Don’t tell me that we can’t restore hope in this country. Don’t tell me that anything is beyond our capability. This is America. We’ve done it before, and it’s time to do it again.”

Watch a special video introduction from the vice president’s daughter, Ashley Biden, that highlights the vice president’s lifelong commitment to promoting dignity and opportunity for all people, including his work with the Biden Foundation:

Joe Biden, 2018 Freedom Award Honoree from National Civil Rights Museum.