Newsroom | 17 November 2011

Cigna Sponsors National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Award; Joins in Honoring Hill Harper with Education Legacy Award

BLOOMFIELD , Conn. - November 17, 2011 - The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn.  marked its 20 th anniversary by continuing its tradition of honoring individuals who have made significant contributions in civil rights. This year's Freedom Award winners were honored at a museum gala held last weekend in Memphis. Cigna was among the sponsors of the 2011 event, sponsoring the Education Legacy Award honoring Hill Harper for his non-profit youth foundation, Manifest Your Destiny.

Cigna's Mike Triplett and Education Legacy Award honoree Hill Harper at the 2011 National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Awards gala

"The Legacy Freedom Award honors a new generation of leaders who embrace justice, equality and opportunity and have made an impact on society early in their careers," said Michael Triplett, President of Cigna's regional and government and Taft-Hartley segments. "Cigna is pleased to support the work of the National Civil Rights Museum and to join the museum in recognizing Hill Harper's commitment to working in service of our youth."

Hill Harper is an alumnus of Harvard Law School and is best known for his portrayal of Dr. Sheldon Hawkes on the CBS drama television series CSI: NY.His Freedom Award recognizes his non-profit foundation Manifest Your Destiny Foundation. The non-profit youth organization was established by Harper for a commitment to work in service of youth­ - to pass along the lessons he learned and to provide a foundation for young men and women to use as a launching pad to success. His fourth book, The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in its Place, was published in 2011.

The Freedom Award is an annual event for the National Civil Rights Museum and its largest fundraiser. Held each year in the fall, the Freedom Award honors individuals who have made significant contributions in civil rights and who have laid the foundation for present and future leaders in the battle for human rights.  Since 1991, the Freedom Award has served as a symbol of the ongoing fight for human rights both in America and worldwide. The Museum is the site of the Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968.

As a global health service company, Cigna understands the importance of embracing cultural and ethnic diversity for the good of its employees, customers and communities. In addition to its support of the National Civil Rights Museum, Cigna announced a $1 million donation to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in 2007 and subsequently worked with Philadelphia community partners to create the Philadelphia Young Dreamers program, which honors youth who exemplify Dr. King's service to the community.

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