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Lutheran World Relief Honored for Contributions to Religion and Education

Baltimore, April 20, 2012 — Each year the citizens of Walker County, Ala. nominate a person or organization for the Medgar W. Evers Award for Religion and Education, which recognizes valuable contributions made to humanity and the betterment of community. This year, on April 16, the award was presented to Lutheran World Relief.

“Lutheran World Relief is very honored to receive this award in the name of a great man and leader who made such significant contributions to justice, dignity and peace,” says John Nunes, LWR president and CEO.

The award is made annually by the Walker County Honorary Committee and presented by committee chairman, the Rev. David Lewis. The committee was founded during the 1940s when women from the African-American community raised money for local colleges but were not honored for their work.

This year, along with the Medgar Evers award, the Walker County Honorary Committee gave seven other awards, also named for civil rights leaders. Among the other award recipients were US Congressman John Lewis (D – Ala.), who received the Andrea Goodman Freedom Prize, the American Bar Association of Chicago, Ill., who received the Viola Liuzzo Award for Social Justice, and Churches for Middle East Peace of Washington, D.C., who received the Medgar W. Evers Award for Politics and Peace.

In past years, the Medgar W. Evers Award for Religion and Education has been given to organizations like the National Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches. This is the first time, according to Rev. Lewis, that it has ever been given to a Lutheran organization.

Award recipients are nominated anonymously and organizations cannot nominate themselves. Each year the committee receives more than 200 nominations for its various awards.

WHO IS LWR? Lutheran World Relief works to improve the lives of smallholder farmers and people experiencing poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America, both in times of emergencies and for the long term. With the financial support of US Lutherans and other donors, LWR strengthens communities through programs in agriculture, climate, and emergency support. LWR works with partners, supporters and technical assistance providers to achieve lasting results. For more information, visit

Lutheran World Relief is a ministry of U.S. Lutherans, serving communities living in poverty overseas.

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