According to Billboard, Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) will be presented with the “Spirit of John Brown Freedom Award” during a ceremony at the John Brown Farm State Historic Site in Essex County, NY on May 14. Choreographer Tiffany Rea-Fisher and visual artist Karen Davidson Seward will also be receiving the honor.
Martha Swan, the executive director of the historic site’s friends group, commented:
“The Spirit of John Brown Freedom Award was created by the freedom education and human rights project John Brown Lives! to honor individuals and organizations whose work invokes the passion and commitment of the 19th-century abolitionist who dedicated his life to the cause of liberation and full human equality.”
She also added the following about Morello:
“[He’s] a troubadour and political activist who deploys his art and energy on behalf of freedom fighters everywhere, from striking nurses and teachers, to domestic workers and Black Lives Matter organizers, to veterans against war — he extends his solidarity to every impulse toward peace and justice.”