Two years ago, as he walked his girlfriend home from a bus stop, Ke’Shon Newman’s brother was shot nine times and killed in crossfire.
The Chicago high school student said the tragedy traumatized his family, leaving the fear that his mother might lose another son due to the conditions of their neighborhood.
The University of Michigan is a close partner to Denis Mukwege, who has received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end sexual violence against women in armed conflict.
Two youth advocacy groups that are focused on ending gun violence in their communities will be awarded the 2018 Wallenberg Medal from the University of Michigan.
The winners of this year’s medal will be B.R.A.V.E. (Bold Resistance Against Violence Everywhere) Youth Leaders from Chicago and March For Our Lives from Parkland, Florida.
The University of Michigan's 2016-17 Wallenberg Medal will be awarded to civil rights lawyer and social justice activist Bryan Stevenson at 7:30 p.m. March 7, 2017, at Rackham Auditorium. After the medal presentation, Stevenson will give the 25th Wallenberg Lecture.
The 2015 Wallenberg Medal will be awarded to Russian and American journalist, author and activist Masha Gessen on Nov. 3.
After the medal presentation at 7:30 p.m. in Rackham Auditorium, Gessen will give the 24th Wallenberg Lecture.