HERO OF FORGIVENESS
After spending 12 years of his life falsely accused of murder in prison, Rick Walker was finally freed as irrefutably innocent and was reunited with his mother, Myrtle Walker – who is a councilwoman and former Mayor of East Palo Alto. Despite losing his father who died heartbroken at the injustice against his son and missing the critical growth years of his young son, Walker chose the extraordinary path of forgiveness.
“It might seem strange to people, but I’m not a bitter man. Part of the Bible is about forgiveness. What am I supposed to do – tear that page out?” Rick was awarded the 2003 Hero of Forgiveness award which honors those who have chosen forgiveness despite experiences that normally provoke anger and hate.
HEROES of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace
The designation of "Hero of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace" is bestowed upon those who have courageously and dramatically stepped forward to demonstrate and exemplify the concept of forgiveness, reconciliation and peace.
These are not necessarily famous people. They are often ordinary people who have chosen to express profound and genuine forgiveness in their personal lives. These people have experienced a transformation as a result of their act or acts of forgiveness and demonstrate how this change continues to manifest over time. Their stories can inspire and motivate ordinary people to act in a similar manner.
CHAMPIONS of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace
The "Champions of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace" designation is bestowed upon those whose professional work inspires and leads the way by defining, applying and spreading the concept of forgiveness reconciliation and peace.