Bono, the U2 singer who has helped bring worldwide attention to medical and economic problems in Africa, will receive this year's Liberty Medal in Philadelphia.
Bono is about to get an honor, not for his music work, but for his humanitarian efforts. The U2 frontman is set to receive the 2007 Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center, a non-profit organization that aims to increase public understanding of the US Constitution.
Bono and DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa), the advocacy organization he co-founded to combat poverty and disease in Africa, will share the award which will be presented at a ceremony took place at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia September 27th later this year.
Though Bono holds no elected office, he proves that "the office of citizen is the most important in the world," Constitution Center President and CEO Joseph Torsella said Thursday May 24th. The medal comes with a $100,000 prize, which will be donated to Washington-based DATA.
Liberty Medal is awarded every year to one or more people that have "demonstrated leadership and vision in the pursuit of liberty of conscience or freedom from oppression, ignorance or deprivation." Bono and DATA, in the meantime, have been working in recent years to bring massive financial and medical aid to Africa.