The Freedom Award is the museum's signature event that honors outstanding individuals for their significant contributions to civil and human rights. This year's honorees are Hafsat Abiola, Gloria Steinem, and John Legend.

This year’s Freedom Award will pay tribute to the Green Book, or the Negro Travelers’ Green Book, that identified safe accommodations and services for African Americans traveling during the segregated Jim Crow Era. The annual publication listed hotels, restaurants, service stations, and other businesses willing to serve African American customers, and in doing so allow drivers to more safely navigate throughout the United States.

Since 1991, the Freedom Award has honored distinguished individuals who have made great global and national impact. These men and women are lauded for their work in the struggle for civil and human rights.

The Pre Show Gala begins at 5pm at the Halloran Centre.