Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy received the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in a ceremony Sunday morning at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston to honor him for his work to help Syrian refugees.
“I’m deeply honored and moved. I believe that when you see wrong happening, you must stand up to do what’s right — that’s what guides us each and every day," Malloy said in a statement. "Whether it’s reforming our criminal justice system with our Second Chance initiatives, advocating for the LGBTQ community, fighting for fairer wages or working conditions, or standing up to ignorance around the refugee issue, we have tried to do just that.
"We’ve tried to lead — and we’ve tried to lead by doing the right thing. It is incredibly humbling and moving to receive this award. I cannot thank the JFK Foundation enough.”
The award was presented to Malloy by Kennedy's grandson, Jack Schlossberg.
"Amid security concerns following the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, Malloy courageously defended the U.S. resettlement of Syrian refugees and personally welcomed a family of Syrian refugees to New Haven after they had been turned away by another state," Schlossberg said in a statement.
“As half of U.S. governors, leading presidential candidates and countless others across the country voice support for a ban on Syrian refugees from entering the United States, Governor Dannel Malloy took a stand against the hateful, xenophobic rhetoric,” said Schlossberg. “In doing so, he put principles above politics and upheld my grandfather’s vision of America that, he said, ‘Has always served as a lantern in the dark for those who love freedom but are persecuted, in misery, or in need.’”
The John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award is presented annually to public servants who have made courageous decisions of conscience without regard for the personal or professional consequences. The award is named for Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "Profiles in Courage."
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