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What is the Harriet Tubman Freedom Award?

The Harriet Tubman Freedom Award is given to an industry professional who utilizes their talents in storytelling and voice to create powerful and meaningful art.

2022 – Robe Imbriano

Robe Imbriano is the Emmy Award-winning showrunner of the Hulu series, Killing County, which he Executive Produced with Colin Kaepernick.  He co-created the Netflix documentary series Amend, starring Will Smith and featuring Mahershala Ali, Samuel L. Jackson, Sherrilyn Ifill, Bryan Stevenson and a distinguished group of scholars, participants and actors to tell the story of the 14th Amendment and America’s struggle with equality. 

Robe Imbriano during the Q&A of Amend, on October 28, 2022

2023 – RY FERRO


Ry Ferro is a graduate of the Park School of Communications at Ithaca College and has been shooting and editing award-winning documentary films since 2004. She is an activist filmmaker with a focus on human rights and civic engagement. THERE’S YOUR READY GIRL, her short film about Dorothy F. Cotton, won numerous awards and received significant praise for its timely and critical message.

PhotoSynthesis Productions is a little film company that exists on a big world stage. Owned by Deborah C. Hoard, Film Producer & Director, PSP has filmed the Dalai Lama, documented a total eclipse of the sun in Bolivia, and had their film, They Call It Myanmar named one of the top documentaries of 2012. Their work for clients like Cornell University and the National Geographic Society have won more than 200 national and international media awards. PSP is dedicated to using the power of film for education and social justice. For 30 years they have produced long- and short-form films that reach international audiences with diverse messages of equity and positive change.

The Dorothy Cotton Institute was first conceived in 2007 by Dorothy and a small group of her colleagues. Originally envisioned as a Dorothy Cotton Fellowship, this idea quickly expanded to imagining a small independent institute offering popular education and training to inspire and support people who want to foster and protect human rights and to advance civic participation for social transformation.

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