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Nathan White

Kucinich to Receive Thomas Merton Award for Social Justice


Washington D.C. (October 28, 2009) - Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) will receive the 2009 Thomas Merton Award for his work in social justice this Sunday in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The award is granted annually by the Thomas Merton Center for Peace and Social Justice.

"I am honored to receive this award and join the ranks of those who have done so much to advance the cause of peace and social justice," said Kucinich.

Congressman Kucinich will receive the Award on Sunday, November 1, 2009 at the Thomas Merton 37th Annual Award Dinner in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This award was founded in 1972. Among previous winners were: Author Studs Terkel, journalist Amy Goodman, author Howard Zinn, and United Nations General Assembly President Miguel D'Escoto, children's rights activist Marian Wright Edelman, Native American Activist and Author Winona LaDuke.

Dennis Kucinich is an American politician. A U.S. Representative from Ohio from 1997 to 2013, he was also a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States in 2004 and 2008.