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.
It is with noble humility and distinguished social respect that I stand before you this day, upon receiving such a Global translative award.
To the President and esteemed Academic cabinet for this 9th International Peace Prize; the continual struggle for Peace is a revered crossing of the social bridge headed to the city of racial decentralization.
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.
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.