Statesman John C. Danforth will be recognized for his nearly fifty years of public service when he is presented with the Winston Churchill Leadership Medal by the National Churchill Museum at Westminster College in Fulton, MO. The award will be presented on June 8 at a gala dinner in St. Louis. Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin will deliver the keynote address.
The medal is the National Churchill Museum’s highest honor and is selectively awarded to individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership. “We are pleased to announce Sen. Danforth’s selection for this prestigious award because his incredible leadership and dedication to public service in the local, state, national and international political arena are simply unmatched,” said Westminster College President and ICS Board member Dr. Benjamin Ola. Akande. “One of St. Louis’s favorite sons, his commitment to service is surpassed only by his faith in God, his love of family, and his undying advocacy for the St. Louis region.”
Danforth began his public service in 1968 when he was elected Missouri Attorney General. He served three terms as a U.S. Senator from Missouri and also served as US Ambassador to the United Nations, Special Envoy for Peace in Sudan, and Special US Counsel for the Branch Davidian investigation. He has been a dogged advocate for the development of plant and life sciences, higher education, neighborhood redevelopment, downtown revitalization, and St. Louis’s beloved sports teams.
Akande added that Danforth’s “invaluable work through the former Danforth Foundation also will serve residents of the Greater St. Louis community and the world for many generations to come.”
Danforth has been a mentor to many including US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, former Missouri Governor Christopher “Kit” Bond, former Governor, US Senator, and Attorney General John Ashcroft He is currently a partner with the law firm Dowd Bennett in Clayton, MO. He also serves on the boards of the Cerner Corporation and the nonprofit, nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates, and on the national advisory board of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis.
An ordained Episcopal priest, Danforth is the author of Resurrection (1994), Faith and Politics: How the “Moral Values” Debate Divides America, and How to Move Forward Together (2006), and The Relevance of Religion: How Faithful People Can Change Politics (2015).
Doris Kearns Goodwin will be the keynote speaker for the evening. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history for her highly acclaimed No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II. She also is the author of other bestsellers including A Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, Wait Till Next Year: Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream, and The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys. Her most recent book is The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism.
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