Friendship Award and Other Awards from the People's Republic of China
I was granted the Friendship Award, China's highest recognition of people who are not Chinese citizens but who have contributed to the country's economic and social progress.
For a description of the two-day event celebrating the award, click here. To read my remarks in the Great Hall of the People on behalf of the fifty individuals who received the award, click here. To view Chinese television coverage of our meeting with Premier Wen Jiabao, click here.
In a similar vein, I have been honored by the cities of Shenzhen and Shanghai with their "Peacock Plan" and “Silver Magnolia Award” and “Gold Magnolia Award,” respectively, and I was one of ten “foreign teachers” to be given a "Medal of Merit for Education” in recognition of contributions to education in China over the past 60 years.
Honorary Membership in the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee [Iroquois] Confederacy
I was inducted into the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and granted the name Wambli Ska (White Eagle).
To see a photograph of the ceremony, click here.
National Equal Justice Award of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
I was given the National Equal Justice Award by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
I have been granted an honorary doctorate by Peking University, and honorary professorships at Xiamen University and the China Agricultural University.