ORT received the Let Freedom Ring Humanitarian Award from the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund in Detroit, Mich., on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
ORT was recognized in part for its international cooperation program, created in 1960 to assist newly developing nations. The program has implemented more than 350 projects in 100 countries.
Dr. Conrad Giles, president of World ORT, accepted the award.
“I humbly accept this award on behalf of the thousands of educators, the tens of thousands of volunteers, and over 100,000 donors to our efforts over the past 139 years of our existence,” Giles said.
“Our work in the sub-Saharan continent is central to the meaning of our very existence. Jewish law demands tikkun olam — that we repair the world.
“It was the mandate that brought Rabbi Abraham Heschel to that iconic march in Selma, where he linked arms with Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ralph Abernathy. We at World ORT embrace those ideals that Rev. King made his great legacy.”