CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, received the International Freedom Conductor Award Wednesday at the Duke Energy Convention Center.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, who presents the award, says that they give the award to those who are "conspicuous and effective champions of freedom."
Freedom Center CEO and President, Donald W. Murphy said that the Dalai Lama was chosen specifically because his "...tireless efforts on behalf of Tibet- and his life-long advocacy of freedom and peace for all people- are in the finest traditions of those abolitionists who fought for the eradication of slavery in the 18th and 19th centuries."
The Dalai Lama also won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his non-violent advocacy of freedom for Tibet.
The Dalai Lama spoke and answered audience questions at the luncheon.
His Holiness will also attend an event Thursday at Miami University. He will receive an honorary degree and speak about ethics in a modern world.
Both events are sold out.
Heightened security measures will be in place for both events. Attendees are asked to bring a photo ID and leave personal items at home to ensure a quick security check.