Unveils Congressional Gold Medal, One of the Highest Civilian Awards US Bestows
[CHICAGO, IL] – Assistant Majority Leader, US Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Muhammad Yunus at the Wright Foundation 2012 Transformational Leadership Award Dinner this evening and unveiled the design for Professor Yunus’ Congressional Gold Medal, one of our nation’s highest civilian awards. Senator Durbin introduced legislation honoring Professor Yunus with the award in 2010. Senator Durbin will now work with House Speaker John Boehner and other Congressional leaders to schedule a formal award ceremony, hopefully later this year.
“With Professor Yunus at the helm, Grameen Bank has played a leading role in a global movement to lift millions of the world’s poorest people out of poverty using the innovative microcredit concept that he pioneered,” Durbin said. “For more than thirty years, his theory of microenterprise has become a phenomenon – touching the lives of more than 100 million people around the world. It is hard to think of any single idea in our lifetime which has lifted so many people out of the deepest depths of poverty.”