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Marlo Thomas, others win Freedom Awards

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Actress Marlo Thomas was 1 of 6 people who a Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum Tuesday evening in Downtown Memphis.

Thomas was honored Tuesday for her work as national outreach director for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which her father, actor Danny Thomas, founded.

The museum hands out the awards every year to honor those who champion humanitarian and civil rights causes.

Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank, and Bernard Lafayette, a former aide of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., also received a Freedom Award.

Yunus and the his were awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for making collateral-free loans to poor people in Bangladesh.

Three doctors known as The Pact were also honored with Freedom Awards - Dr. George Jenkins, Dr. Rameck Hunt and Dr. Sampson Davis. As teenagers, the trio grew up in public housing but came together to make a pact to become doctors.

Past honorees include Oprah, Usher, Danny Glover, Magic Johnson and Eva Longoria.

The National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Awards has been held since 1991.

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