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AHS Teachers and Students Receive the 2016 Frederick Douglass Human Rights Award

As a result of their efforts and accomplishments with the Walk Forever Free campaign, five Arlington High School students and teachers in Arlington, Nebraska will receive the 2016 Frederick Douglass Human Rights Award from Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI). 
 
Tierra Krivohlavek, Tamisha Krivohlavek, Austin Harms, Ambers Sims and Barry Jurgensen, the five award winners, were all instrumental in the Walk Forever Free campaign as were other students, teachers, administrators and citizens along the way. The award will be presented by Robert J. Benz, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of FDFI and its President and Co-Founder, Kenneth B. Morris, Jr., on November 16th at an Arlington High School assembly.
 
"The idea of walking more than 500 miles to raise awareness about human trafficking sounded incredible on the day I heard about it," said Mr. Morris, who is the great great great grandson of Douglass and the great great grandson of Booker T. Washington, "but these modern-day abolitionists were very focused on planning and executing the journey ... and, just as incredibly, they did it!" 
 
Participants of the walk followed the footsteps of two young women who escaped slavery in 1858 by traveling along the Underground Railroad from Nebraska City, Nebraska to Chicago. "The walk raised important awareness of both the past and present and how the struggle to end slavery is ongoing" said Deanda Johnson, from the National Parks Service's, Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. The Walk Forever Free Campaign raised nearly $27,000 for FDFI's human trafficking education programs in schools. 

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