Bono receives International Freedom Award for AIDS work
October 23 2004 12:00 AM ET
Irish rock star Bono this week received the International Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum for his work in fighting AIDS throughout the world. Bono, who founded the AIDS, debt relief, and trade advocacy group DATA, has worked to encourage Western nations to help fund HIV prevention and treatment programs in developing countries. In a speech to 3,500 high school students before the award ceremony, Bono said that the "kind of energy young people brought to the civil rights movement is needed in the fight against AIDS." Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) received the National Freedom Award at the ceremony for his work in the U.S. civil rights movement during the 1960s.