Parkland, Chicago youth groups against gun violence to deliver U-M’s Wallenberg Lecture

November 12, 2018
Written By:
Mandira Banerjee


DATE: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018

EVENT: Two youth advocacy groups that are focused on ending gun violence will be awarded the 2018 Wallenberg Medal from the University of Michigan.

The winners of this year’s medal will be B.R.A.V.E. (Bold Resistance Against Violence Everywhere) Youth Leaders from Chicago and March For Our Lives from Parkland, Fla.

After the medal presentation, representatives of the two groups will deliver the Wallenberg Lecture at Rackham Auditorium.

“The students of March For Our Lives and B.R.A.V.E. have, with outraged insistence, demanded action to end gun violence in schools and communities across the country,” said John Godfrey, chair of the Wallenberg Committee. “They have disturbed the conscience of Americans in pushing to find a solution to this national crisis. This personal and tireless commitment embodies that of Raoul Wallenberg and represents everything this medal stands for.”

The Wallenberg Medal and Lecture program honors a humanitarian who reflects the legacy of Raoul Wallenberg, a native of Sweden who graduated from the U-M College of Architecture in 1935.

The event is free and open to the public. It will be livestreamed at

MEDIA: RSVP to Mandira Banerjee, 734-764-425,

PLACE: Rackham Auditorium, 915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor