Massachusetts First Lady Diane B. Patrick, Harvard Professor of Neurology S. Allen Counter, and baseball Hall of Famer Jim Rice will receive the Museum of African American History’s 2012 Living Legends Awards. The award, the museum’s highest honor, recognizes the visionary achievements of contemporary heroes who uphold the legacy of 18th- and 19th-century African Americans and other stalwart patriots who embodied a commitment to freedom, education, and justice for all Americans. The awards presentation will take place on May 3 in Boston.

“I am delighted that this year’s recipients continue to reflect so vividly the accomplishments, courage, and excellence of the abolitionists, educators, entrepreneurs and leaders in various fields who with their skill, determination, and vision helped to secure the freedoms we enjoy today,” said Beverly A. Morgan-Welch, executive director of the museum.

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