Rothko Chapel, Oscar Romero Award
The Rothko Chapel's Oscar Romero Award is given biennially to individuals who put their lives on the line daily to make the world a better place. These people fight bravely against overwhelming economic and political conditions to bring peace, safety, and understanding to their communities. The award is named in honor of Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, El Salvador who was assassinated in March of 1980 while actively denouncing violations of the human rights of the most vulnerable populations and defending the principles of protecting lives, promoting human dignity and opposition to all forms of violence.
In November 2015 the Oscar Romero Award was presented to Berta Caceres and Miriam Miranda, two Honduran women who advocate for the rights of Afro-Caribbean and indigenous people in spite of the peril it brings to their own lives. In the months leading up to the award ceremony, Rothko Chapel presented a series of events exploring the nature of human rights activists and advocacy. Learn more about the Oscar Romero Award and in depth human rights programming here: oscarromeroaward.org/home