Washington, D.C., October 17, 2012 …The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) honored four heroes in the fight against hate and intolerance at this year's 18th annual ADL In Concert Against Hate at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC on Monday, October 15.
The event recognizes individuals for extraordinary acts of courage in confronting intolerance, injustice, extremism and terrorism.
Jeff Daniels (HBO's The Newsroom) and Madeleine Stowe (ABC's Revenge) hosted and narrated the concert after the honorees were presented their awards at the ADL Ina and Shelley Kay Award Dinner.
"The men and women we honor personify what we believe in as an organization," said Steven H. Schram, Chairman of ADL's Washington, D.C. Regional Board. "The choices they made in the face of injustice, intolerance, extremism or terrorism grew out of their values and beliefs. Through their stories we confront the reality of the world we live in, and the urgency of ADL's mission."
About the 2012 ADL In Concert Against Hate Honorees:
Irene Fogel Weiss
A Holocaust survivor, Irene Fogel Weiss was 13-years-old when she and her family were deported to Auschwitz by the Nazis. Years later she would learn that her arrival at Auschwitz had been captured in a photograph taken by the Nazis.
Joan Trumpauer Mulholland
A Freedom Rider and civil rights activist, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland participated in the sit-in at the Woolworth's lunch counter in Jackson, Mississippi in May 1961. The photograph of a mob surrounding the three sit-in protesters is regarded as one of the iconic images of the Civil Rights Movement.
Police Officer Moira Ann Smith (posthumous)
Police Officer Moira Ann Smith is credited with saving the lives of hundreds of people at the World Trade Center on September 11,2001. For her bravery she was posthumously awarded the New York City Police Department's Medal of Honor. Police Officer Moira Ann Smith's husband, James Smith, and their daughter, Patricia Mary, accepted the award.
Amardeep Singh Kaleka
On August 5, 2012, a white supremacist attacked the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, killing six people, including the temple's founder, Satwant Singh Kaleka. As the tragedy unfolded, and in the days and weeks that followed, Satwant Singh Kaleka's son, Amardeep, emerged as the voice of the Sikh community of Oak Creek. Amardeep Kaleka accepted the award accompanied by his wife, Neelu Brar, his mother, Satpal Kaleka, and his father's sister, Jaswinder Dhillon.
The evening included a special recognition and moment of silence in honor of Malala Yousafzai, 14-year-old Pakistani girl's remarkable story -- of having been shot in the head for defying the Taliban with her outspoken advocacy for female education. Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, spoke of her epic confrontation with the forces of evil and intolerance as "awe-inspiring, breathtaking and deeply tragic." He dedicated the event, 2012 ADL's "In Concert Against Hate" in her name.
The National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Emil de Cou, performed the evening's concert and the concert Patron Chairs were Dr. Tina Alster and Mr. Paul Frazer.