January 2, 2013: The Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University’s (CFHU) Toronto Chapter will present the esteemed Key of Knowledge award to Morgan Freeman in recognition of his work in combating segregation and prejudice, and promoting knowledge, learning and education throughout the world.
Previous award recipients include the late Jake Eberts, producer of Chariots of Fire, Gandhi, and Dances with Wolves. Fiona Eberts will present the award to Freeman along with Hebrew University President Menahem Ben-Sasson.
“We are thrilled to honor a man who has not only touched hearts and minds on the big screen, but has worked consistently, courageously, and with his quiet leadership, to tackle pressing social issues and inspire young individuals to pursue knowledge and education.” said CFHU Toronto Chapter President Randy Masters. The award ceremony will take place in Spring 2013 in Toronto.
Morgan Freeman has appeared in over 100 movies and has starred in Academy Award-winning films such as Million Dollar Baby, The Shawshank Redemption and Driving Miss Daisy. He received an Oscar for best-supporting actor in Million Dollar Baby.
At the award ceremony, Freeman will be introduced by Paul Saltzman, founder of the non-profit, Moving Beyond Prejudice, and director-producer of two films in which Freeman has recently appeared —- Prom Night in Mississippi and The Last White Knight.
Inspired by Hebrew University founders Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud, the Key of Knowledge award recognizes leaders and visionaries who have bettered society through the dissemination of knowledge, wisdom, and personal example.