Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, 20 October 2010 - On October 20, 2010, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati presented His Holiness the Dalai Lama with its International Freedom Conductor Award. The citation said, “ H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama, whose leadership of the non-violent struggle for the liberation of Tibet reflects the spirit and courageous actions of the conductors on the historic underground railroad.” This is a reference to the "conductors," people who helped escaping slaves reach freedom in the years before the Civil War in the United States.
His Holiness left Atlanta in the morning, arriving in Cincinnati in the state of Ohio just before noon. His Holiness went from the airport to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center where he was received by its President & Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Donald W. Murphy. President Murphy introduced His Holiness to Ms. Gwen Ifill, PBS television newscaster and author, and other guests. His Holiness was then given a tour of the exhibition in the Center.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama tours the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinatti, Ohio, on October 20th, 2010. Photo/OHHDL|
Reverend Damon Lynch, Jr. presents His Holiness the Dalai Lama with the International Freedom Conductor Award on October 20th, 2010. Photo/OHHDL
His Holiness the Dalai Lama presents Gwen Ifil with a traditional Tibetan ceremonial scarf at the end of their conversation at the Nation Underground Railroad Freedom Center on October 20th, 2010. Photo/OHHDL
|The National Underground Freedom Center, venue for the International Freedom Conductor award presented to His Holiness the Dalai Lama on October 20th, 2010. Photo/OHHDL|
His Holiness then left for the nearby town of Oxford where he will participate in programs at Miami University on October 21, 2010. He will give a public talk on “Ethics in a Modern World” and also receive an honorary degree.