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The Salem State University Champion of Peace Award is given every year on International Day of Peace, September 21, to a person or group on the North Shore, in the Boston metro area, or across the state who has championed a culture of peace, contributed to the promotion of the ideals of peace and justice, and taken practical action in favor of peace. The award will stress efforts to educate a wide range of people and show exceptional responsibility and influence in building peace in our families, communities, and the world.

This year's recipient is the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute. "I wanted to heartily congratulate all of you at the LDB Peace Institute once again for the extraordinary work you are doing for peace," said Professor Hope Benne.

The award will be presented to the Peace Institute on September 19, 2014 in commemoration of the International Day of Peace.