Professor Clayborne Carson traveled to Selma, Alabama, to commemorate the fifty-first anniversary of the March 1965 "Bloody Sunday" voting rights march. He was also honored for his scholarly contributions by the Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee organization at its Freedom Flame Gala Dinner on March 5.
Other award recipients included social activist and Stanford alum Rahiel Tesfamariam, former Labor Secretary Alexis Herman, and Rev. Robert Graetz, a prominent white participant in the Montgomery bus boycott movement of the 1950s. Congressman John Lewis, who was beaten by Alabama police during the 1965 clash at Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge, was among the veterans of the Alabama voting rights campaign who returned for the annual commemoration.