Award Winners

Thomas Merton Awardees

Over the years, the Thomas Merton Center has honored the following activists who work on national and international issues that transform our world. We honor them yearly at an annual awards dinner which is open for our community of activist members to attend.

1972- James Carroll

1973- Dorothy Day

1974- Dick Gregory

1975- Joan Baez

1976- Dom Helder Camara

1978- Dick Hughes

1979- Bishop John Burt & James Malone

1980- William Winpisinger

1981- The People of Poland

1982- Archbishop Ramon Hunthausen

1983- No Awardee

1984- Bernice Johnson Reagon

1985- Henri Nouwen

1986- Allen Boesak

1987- Miguel D’ Escoto

1988- Daniel Berrigan

1989- Comrades of El Salvador & Elizabeth

1990- Marian Wright Edelman

1991- Howard Zinn

1992- Molly Rush

1993- Reverend Lucius Walker

1994- Richard Rohr, OFM

1995- Marion Kramer

1996- Winona LaDuke

1997- Ron Chisolm

1998- Studs Terkel

1999- Wendell Berry

2000- Ronald V. Dellems

2001- Sister Joan Chittister

2002- Bishop Leontine T.C. Kelly

2003- Voices

2004- Amy Goodman

2005- Fr. Roy Bourgeois

2006- Angela Davis

2007- Cindy Sheehan

2008- Malik Rahim

2009- Dennis J. Kucinich

2010- Noam Chomsky

2011- Vandana Shiva

* 40th Anniversary Peace and Justice Award – Medea Benjamin

2012- Martin Sheen

2013 – Bill McKibben

2014 – Jeremy Scahill

2015 – Congresswoman Barbara Lee

2016 – Frida Berrigan

New Person Awardees

The New Person Awards honor those local activists who work in our community as leaders of our peace and justice mission. Together they have helped transform Pittsburgh’s social justice presence on the local and national scene.

1973 – Rev. Donald McIlvane

1974 – Charlotte Ginsburg

1975 – Rev. Jack O’Malley

1976 – Emily Eckel & Mary Lewin & Joseph Nagy

1977 – Rev. Beryl Choi

1978 – Willard Mead

1979 – Pittsburgh Desegregation Project

1980 – Rich, Sandy, & Eric Hayden

1981 – Children’s Peace Essay Winners

1982 – Robert R. Lavelle

1983 – Marian Hahn

1984 – Tom & Jean Kerr

1985 – Elizabeth Carroll, RSM

1986 – Dr. Lincoln Wolfenstein & Dr. John Townsend

1990 – Elizabeth Elmer

1991 – Msgr. Charles Owen Rice

1995 – Joyce Rothermel & Joni Rabinowitz

1996 – “A Legacy of Conscience and Struggle”—33 activists ages 75+

1998 – Richard Adams, Jr. , Claire Cohen, MD, & Jeffrey Richardson

1999 – Anne Feeney

2001 – “Stars of Justice”—activism around LGBT issues

2003 – Etta Cetera & Karl Mullen, Jan Beatty, The “Without Sanctuary” Artists, The Peaceburgh Project, Chad Martin, DJ Brewer, Kristin Saucedo, George Hogan, Heather Arnet, Eric Sloss, The Raging Grannies, & The Radical Cheerleaders

2004 – Farooq Hussaini, S. Barb Finch, Mary Sheehan, S. Mary Louse Nash, Teresa Wilson, Scilla Wahrhaftig, Rev. Johnnie Monroe, Rev. Tom Bonacci, Roberta Zolkoski, Betty Pickett, Bonnie Bowman Thurston

2005 – Dan Kovalik, Charles McCollester, Ally Caldwell, TMC Healthcare Campaign, Save Our Transit, Pat McMahon, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 85, Harriet Bryant, on behalf of Centre City Town Janitors, Rich Johnson, organizer, SEIU Local 3, Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR), & Mon Valley Unemployed Committee

2006 – Lisa Brush

2007 – Dan & Anita Fine, Robin Alexander

2008 – Gail Austin

2009 – Emory Biko, Paradise Gray, Dr. Kimberly Ellis, Jasiri X

2010 – Vic Walczak, Mike Healey, Jules Lobel, Sara Rose, & Glen S. Downey

2011 – Marcellus Shale anti-fracking activists

2012 – Occupy Pittsburgh

2013 – Martin Sheen

2014 – Shirley Gleditsch and the Family of East End Community Thrift Store Volunteers

2015 – Jim Forest

2016 – Tim Stevens