On Monday, 11th February 2019 the so-called “Napalm Girl” will be presented with the 10th International Peace Prize, the Dresden-Prize, in the Dresdner Semper Opera. The award and the events surrounding it are the combined effort of the organization Friends of Dresden Deutschland e.V. and the Semper Opera in Dresden. From its beginnings the Dresden-Prize has been sponsored by the Klaus Tschira Foundation.
The magnificent Semperoper dominates the Theaterplatz on the river Elbe, forming the centrepiece of the historic old city. The original building opened its doors in 1841, constructed to a design by Gottfried Semper. Following a devastating fire in 1869, the citizens of Dresden immediately set about rebuilding their beloved opera house. In 1945, during the final months of World War II, the Semperoper was once again razed to the ground. After a second reconstruction was successfully completed in 1985.
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.
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.