As we celebrate 25 years, here are 25 things perhaps you didn’t know about the Salem Award Foundation.

Former recipients continue to make a difference.

  1. Morris Dees’ Southern Poverty Law center is recognized today as the foremost authority on hate and extremist organizations.
  2. Attorney Neal Kaytal is actively fighting the travel ban imposed by the Trump administration.
  3. Thomas Doyle continues to fight for transparency in the Catholic Church, most recently regarding the charges against Cardinal Pell.
  4. Anne Driscoll was back in Salem in July for a screening of The Exonerated and hosted a panel discussion with one of the wrongly convicted.
  5. Our first recipient, Greg Allan Williams, honored for his heroism during the L.A. race riots, returned to Salem a few years ago, expressing his privilege to hold this honor.
  6. The fate of Chinese human rights activists is in the news daily. Harry Wu was one such activist.
  7. Mario Joseph made headlines again for forcing the U.N. to take responsibility for the cholera outbreak in Haiti.
  8. Undocumented immigrants are a primary focus in our country today.  Jose Antonio Vargas continues to humanize the story of immigrants through storytelling.
  9. You can learn more about all the Salem Award recipients at salemaward.org.

The Salem Award Foundation continues to grow.

  1. The SAF was established on the 300th anniversary of the trials; presenting the Salem Award was its initial focus.
  2. Our annual Rising Leader Awards have increased from a book presentation to $500 per student, with two awards given annually.
  3. We have given over $100,000 to Salem Award recipients.
  4. With the City of Salem and Peabody Essex Museum, we protect and maintain the Salem Witch Trials Memorial.
  5. We actively collaborate other local organizations, from Salem State University to Essex National Heritage Area.
  6. We have presented or co-sponsored symposiums or panel discussions on the impact of the trials on our legal system, busing, bullying, women in the Muslim world, empathy in 1692 and today, and the legacy of the trials.
  7. We now welcome more than 600,000 visitors to the Salem Witch Trials Memorial annually.
  8. The SAF participated in the Proctor’s Ledge Memorial planning committee.
  9. The Bridget Bishop lecture, presented by the Witch House, remembers the victims of the trials every June 10th.
  10. We partner with many local tour guides to monitor and protect the SWTM.

We’re looking to the future…and we welcome your involvement.

  1. Our roots are in 1692, but our focus is on contemporary social justice issues.
  2. Anyone can nominate someone for the  Salem Award at any time. Details at salemaward.org.
  3. We are always looking for volunteers and board members. Contact Shelby Hypes (shypes@salemaward.org, 9789-741-1390) if you are interested.
  4. We were founding members of the Mayor’s Inclusion Committee.
  5. With the exception of a 25-cent surcharge on tickets to the Witch House, everything we do is funded by individual donations.
  6. We cannot do anything without your support!  Give now at: www.salemaward.org!