2014 Common Ground Awards:
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2014 Common Ground Awards

November 13, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Thank you so much for attending and watching this year’s Common Ground Award Ceremony. Relive the event below!

Thanks so much for attending! Here are some photos from the night.

Search for Common Ground is excited to announce the five recipients of this year’s Common Ground Awards.

Gabrielle Giffords and Carolyn Lukensmeyer — Accepting on behalf of the National Institute for Civil Discourse. NICD works to identify the root causes of incivility and promotes tolerance and civility in public conversation. Created in honor of Rep. Giffords, who advises on strategy and programs, NICD promotes respectful dialogue and constructive debate leading to innovative solutions.

Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation — Begun by Scarlett Lewis in honor of her son who was killed at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, CT. Its mission is to evoke awareness that we can choose love over anger, gratitude over entitlement, and forgiveness and compassion over bitterness. It is developing a school curriculum based on compassion and wisdom, and is creating global alliances with others who believe that love and forgiveness can heal anger and violence.

Central African Republic Religious Leaders at the UN with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

Central African Republic Religious Leaders at the UN with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

Top Religious Leaders from the Central African Republic — As violence ravages their country, these three men work tirelessly to hold their country together. Imam Oumar Kobine Layama, President of the Central African Islamic Community; Dieudonné Nzapalainga, the Archbishop of Bangui; and Nicolas Guérékoyame-Gbangou, President of the Evangelical Alliance of the Central African Republic, are religious leaders who live their faith by walking the talk. For their efforts TIME Magazine named them among the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2014.

Daryl Davis is a musician, lecturer and race relations expert. He is also the author of Klan-Destine Relationships: A Black Man’s Odyssey in the Ku Klux Klan, describing how he encountered and befriended numerous Ku Klux Klan members ​in a manner that ultimately led them to leave the Klan​. Davis’ impassioned message is to ​meet​ prejudice with respect for the person beneath, with an intention to forge peace with even the most unlikely adversaries.

John Marks and Susan Collin Marks — John founded Search for Common Ground in 1982; Susan joined the organization in 1994 after their marriage. Through their joint vision and leadership, they developed and grew the organization into one of the most recognized and respected international peacebuilding organizations. They have advanced the field of conflict resolution and the cause of peace throughout the world.


November 13, 2014
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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