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MM head shotThe Sentencing Project is pleased to announce that Executive Director Marc Mauer has been named as one of the 200 “individuals who best embody the work and spirit of Frederick Douglass.” The award comes on the 200th anniversary of Douglass’s birth, and is sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives and the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University, in partnership with The Guardian.

Marc Mauer was selected for the award on the basis of his scholarship and advocacy which “has influenced anti-incarceration activism around the country.”

The Frederick Douglass 200 awardees cover a broad range of activism on social policy. Among the recipients are Bryan Stevenson, Harry Belafonte, Dolores Huerta, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Michelle Obama, and Colin Kaepernick. The awards will be presented at a reception at the Library of Congress on February 14, 2019.

Upon the announcement of the award, Marc Mauer stated: “This is a humbling moment and a great honor to be in such distinguished company. We can only hope that the spirit of Frederick Douglass will continue to guide us in these challenging times.”

For a full list of the Douglass 200 awardees, see The Guardian.