David Horowitz was the guest of honor and was presented with a lifetime achievement award at the Young America’s Foundation National Conservative Student Conference banquet in Washington D.C. on August 3rd. Emceed by Kirby Wilbur, the event featured photos from David’s past and video remarks from Representatives Michelle Bachmann, Ed Royce, Jack Kingston, and Senator John Kyl. Dr. Ed Feulner, President of the Heritage Foundation and Senator Jeff Sessions were also in attendance to give their regards to David. The Young America’s Foundation has never given out a lifetime achievement award, and Wilbur remarked that David would have been worthy of such an award solely for his countless appearances on college campuses, his many published works, or his founding of the David Horowitz Freedom Center. After receiving the award, Horowitz gave an inspiring speech about the Freedom Center’s work on campus and announced the “Adopt A Dissenting Book” project to the crowd.
Over 300 young student leaders were in attendance and many were energized by David’s speech as well as by the tremendous outpouring of respect and gratitude for David’s body of work. A particularly profound moment occurred when Ruth Malhotra and Orit Sklar, two former student leaders at Georgia Tech, came on stage and spoke about the invaluable support and advice David provided to them when they were being attacked, both verbally and physically, by campus leftists for standing up for their conservative views in the classroom. The event concluded with a book signing where many students expressed their excitement over the new Fall campaign. More photos of the event below:
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