Laureate: Dr. Tommie Smith, Olympic Champion and Civil Rights Activist
In 1968 in Mexico, Olympic champion Tommie Smith became a symbol and role model as he raised his clenched fist clothed in a black glove on the winner’s podium.
Award ceremony on the 18th of February 2018 at 11 a.m. in the Semperoper Dresden.
Günter Wallraff, the award-winning investigative journalist and author, has been committed to fight racism for decades. He is a mouthpiece for the initiative „Respect! No Place for Racism “. And his 2009 film „Schwarz auf Weiß – eine Reise durch Deutschland“ („Black on White – a Journey through Germany“) unveils open and latent forms of racism in Germany.
Lyambiko is considered one of the best contemporary German jazz singers. At the award ceremony in the Semperoper Dresden, the Echo award winner jointly with her band will perform songs by Nina Simone, a musical icon of the American civil rights movement. Lyambiko grew up in the Thuringian town of Greiz. Her father came from Tanzania. Lyambiko herself has been confronted with racism throughout her life.
Tickets for the award ceremony on the 18th of Februrary 2018, 11 a.m. in the Semperoper Dresden cost 10 Euros (students 5 Euro) and are available at the Semperoper visitor service, Schinkelwache, Theaterplatz 2, 01067 Dresden, T +49 (0)351 4911 705, firstname.lastname@example.org or at www.semperoper.de
Steven Spielberg made a film about the release of the Pentagon Papers. In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg wrote history as he was disclosing the top secret files. He risked his freedom and his career when he was publishing inaccuracies in the official information policy about the Vietnam war. Daniel Ellsberg was awarded the 7th Dresden Prize for his courage that was and still is a role model for younger whistleblowers.
In February 2017, the initiators of the Dresden-Prize for the first time presented an exhibition alongside the award winning ceremony. „Lampedusa 361“ displays photographs of Sicilian graves of refugees who had drowned near the coast line of Italy. These graves are silent memorials of a failure of world politics. The installation traveled from Dresden to Düsseldorf, where it was presented in July 2017. To date, more than 40.000 visitors came to see the exhibition. At the moment, there are ideas to show the installation in two cities in Italy and in the USA.