Tavis Smiley – The Interdependence Prize Winner For Humanitarian Acts

In Istanbul, Turkey, the Interdependence Day Prize of 2009 was awarded to Tavis Smiley. People call Tavis Smiley an ardent humanitarian and an intrepid interviewer.

The Interdependence Movement is a group of people that saw the interdependent nature in our everyday lives and actively advocate civic interdependence in our society. For more than a decade since 2003 until 2015, Interdependence Day has been celebrated by many people on September 12. The movement is aimed at fighting isolationism, unilateralism, ultra-nationalism, and parochialism anywhere it is found.

The Interdependence Day Prize for Smiley

Tavis Smiley was given the prize at the Seventh Annual Interdependence Day Forum and Celebration on September 12, 2009. The event was run by CivWorld, which is an organization that focuses on non-partisan public policy advocacy and research. They aim at making global interdependence through global networking, advocacy, and research, known. They host the Interdependence Day Forum so they can explore the problems of global dependence. From September 9 to 13, there were around 100 people from different parts of the world that went to the event. During the event, they looked for and discussed solutions to the issues that plague our world. For example, the role of women, developing countries’ technology and economy, and climate change. CivWorld’s president, Benjamin Parker, said that Tavis is the embodiment of humanity’s voice and that Tavis puts his interest after honesty, politics after civil discourse, and advantage after integrity. Tavis and his representatives came from his own foundation, the Tavis Smiley Foundation. The representatives that came along with him were Latisha Campbell, who was a member of the National Youth Advisory Council of the foundation, and Vonda Paige, who was the executive director of the foundation. Some of the previous award recipients of the Interdependence Day Prize recipients include Adam Michnik, a Polish dissident who assisted with the taking down of the Berlin Wall, Lord Bhikhu Parekh, who was a professor at the University of Westminster that taught political philosophy, and Harry Belafonte. The Interdependence Day Celebrations have been held in Mexico City, Philadelphia, Brussels, Paris, Morocco, Berlin, and Rome.

Who Is Tavis Smiley

Tavis Smiley is a radio show and television talk show personality. He studied at Indiana University and went off to pave the way for those in oppression in America. What makes him unique is the fact that he is the first person in America to ever host a talk show on television and radio at the same time. He has written fourteen books which include two books that were best-sellers – Covenant with Black America and What I Know For Sure. He was one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the world in 2009. He is known to be a great influence on people. Using broadcasts, such as radio and television, by Newsweek, he created the African American Imprint. Travis has been given several doctorates as an honorary award for his achievements. 

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