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OKC National Memorial & Museum To Honor Anthony Shadid's Life Work

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Anthony Shadid speaking last April at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, following his capture and release in Libya. Credit: @OKCNM Anthony Shadid speaking last April at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, following his capture and release in Libya. Credit: @OKCNM

The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum will honor Oklahoma journalist Anthony Shadid with its 2012 Reflections of Hope Award.

The award is being given for his life's work as a foreign correspondent, his understanding of the Middle East and his role in giving people impacted by terrorism and violence a voice through his story telling.

"Anthony had the unique ability to give a voice to those we would have never known if not for his writings. He gave us an understanding of what it was like to live daily with the horror of violence in their lives and he put a human touch to each story," said Kari Watkins, Executive Director, and Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. "Sadly, our Selection Committee had discussed him as an honoree the day before his death."

Shadid died recently in Syria while covering the crisis there. He has lectured at the Memorial and Museum on numerous occasions sharing his insights on domestic terrorism both at home and abroad.

3/3/2012 Related Story: Colleagues, Friends, Family Remember Journalist Anthony Shadid

Shadid's widow Nada Bakri and children will accept the award on his behalf at a luncheon scheduled for Thursday, May 10 at noon. The event will be held in the Sam Noble Special Event Center at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

"We are honored to receive the Reflections of Hope Award from the Oklahoma City National Memorial, an institution that Anthony had tremendous respect and admiration for. We wish he was still here, among us, to receive the award personally," said Nada Bakri.

Shadid will be the eighth recipient of the award, which includes a $25,000 honorarium, name placement on a perpetual award inside the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum and a Baccarat Crystal trophy on a base of granite salvaged from the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing in Oklahoma City 17 years ago.

Tickets are available the luncheon for $168 (individual) or patron tables (tables of eight) are available for $3,500.

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2/17/2012 Related Story: OU To Award Posthumous Honor To Anthony Shadid


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