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In his song “Changing World,” Woody Guthrie wrote, “Change the pen and change the ink / Change the way you talk and think … Change the ways of this changing world.”
Woody was an outspoken advocate for social justice and equality. Inspired by his words and his legacy, the Woody Guthrie Center® created the Oklahoma Changing World Prize to recognize those within the state who continue the fight for social justice. Equality and civil rights affect all of us because they reflect who we are as a people.
“Social justice advocates, such as those honored with this award, are seeking equality not only for themselves, but also to positively impact our entire society as we continue to seek justice for all,” says Woody Guthrie Center Executive Director Deana McCloud.