Courage of Conscience Award

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Pete Seeger received the Courage of Conscience Award for his commitment to peace and social justice as a musician, songwriter, activist, and environmentalist that spans over fifty years. 2005 Abbey Award presented by Peace Chaplain Dan Dick.

The Peace Abbey honors individuals and organizations who are recognized internationally for their humanitarian and peace activism, along with local, grassroots, unsung heroes of social change. The Peace Abbey supports and encourages the noble work of individuals and groups who are, all too often, too little known, by bestowing on them the same recognition and award that Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama, Rosa Parks, Muhammad Ali, Pete Seeger, Maya Angelou, and many other extraordinary individuals have received at Peace Abbey sponsored events and ceremonies.


Barry Crimmins received the 2000 Courage of Conscience Award from his friend and mentor, Howard Zinn. Acceptance speech. Documentary on the life of Barry Crimmins entitled CALL ME LUCKY wins high praise at 2015 Sundance Film festival.

There is no monetary value that accompanies this award, only the blessing that comes from receiving this prestigious recognition from a place whose mission is linking insufficiently recognized practitioners of nonviolent social change with the work of high profile humanitarians. It is our prayer that this humble gesture of appreciation brings recipients together in ways that inspire further service and creativity and leads to a world that is increasingly peaceful, safe, healthy and kind.


The Dalai Lama received the Courage of Conscience Award at Kresge Auditorium at MIT during Harvard University Mind Science Symposium in 1990. Lewis Randa presented the Award with the students at the Life Experience School. Complete list of recipients below: