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Conferences and Awards

The Spirit of America Award

The Spirit of America Award, which is co-sponsored by NCSS and Social Studies School Service, was created to give recognition to an individual who has made a significant contribution that exemplifies the “American Democratic Spirit.” The award honors persons who follow their conscience and act against current thinking in order to stand up for equity, freedom, and the American spirit of justice.

2021 Award Winner

Florent Groberg is the recipient of the 2021 Spirit of America Award. Born in France, Groberg moved to Bethesda, Maryland when he was 12 and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2001. He attended University of Maryland, College Park where he competed in varsity track and cross country. In May 2006, Groberg graduated from UMD with a bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice.

List of previous award winners:

Year Received

Recipient Name

1989
Ralph Nader
1990
Jimmy Carter
1991
Marian Wright Edelman
1992
Rosa Parks
1994
Barry Goldwater
1995
Marva Collins
1996
George McGovern
1998
Dolores Huerta
1999
Fred Rogers
2000
Morris Dees
2001
Elizabeth Campbell
2002
George Mitchell
2003
Hugh O' Brian
2004
George Russell, Jr.
2005
Jim Lehrer
2006
Chief Joe Medicine Crow
2007
Loung Ung
2008
Firoozeh Dumas
2009
Greg Mortenson
2010
Da Chen
2011
Diane Ravitch
2012
James W. Loewen
2013
Rep. John Lewis
2014
Jose Antonio Vargas
2015
Masahiro Sasaki
2015
Clifton Truman Daniel
2016
Terrence Roberts
2017
Rosa Rios
2018
Khizr Khan
2019
Sylvia Mendez
2020
Nikole Hannah Jones
2021
Florent Groberg

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