American Courage Awards

Thank you all for attending the 24th annual American Courage Awards on Dec. 3, 2020! We are now opening the call for 2021 nominations. Submit your nominees by Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021.

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2021 American Courage Awards: Call for Nominations by Feb. 28, 2021

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC is opening the call for nominations for our annual signature event, the American Courage Awards. Our 2021 American Courage Awards presentation will showcase the individuals and organizations who have shown extraordinary commitment to civil rights.

In a year where so many stepped up to help our communities most in need, we believe, with your help, we can gather a diverse group of deserving nominees. All nominations are due by Sunday, February 28, 2021. The description of the award categories are below: 

The American Courage Award goes to an individual, company, or organization that has shown extraordinary courage or commitment to the cause of civil rights. This may include a community leader who has taken an important stand, an activist who overcame extraordinary challenges, an artist with a unique vision, or a journalist breaking an important story. 

The Changemaker Award honors an individual, company, or organization who is a catalyst for change. This may include an entrepreneur, student, or activist whose leadership has inspired action that has led to change on a local or national level that benefits Asian American communities. 


To nominate an individual or organization for an award, please complete our 2021 online nomination form. 

Thank you in advance for your nomination. We appreciate your time and effort in helping us identify nominees fighting to advocate for civil and human rights for the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and beyond! Advancing Justice | AAJC will collect all nominations submitted by Sunday, February 28, 2021, and will announce the honorees shortly thereafter. 

Honorees will receive their awards at our 2021 American Courage Awards celebration the evening of Thursday, October 7, 2021. Please contact should you have any questions. 


Our 2020 event took place virtually on YouTube and Facebook on December 3, 2020. Watch the full recording:

2020 American Courage Awards: Fighting Racism and Rising in Solidarity

The American Courage Awards is an annual event hosted by Advancing Justice | AAJC, honoring individuals, groups, and corporations in recognition of their extraordinary courage or commitment to the cause of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) civil rights.

In addition to using a virtual platform for this year’s event, we are shifting our traditional programming. The goal is to maintain the “spirit” of the American Courage Awards event while for the sake of relevancy we shift our focus from producing our traditional awards format to one that is more reflective of this year’s changing landscape. Of special focus will be our call-to-action on the spike of anti-Asian and anti-Asian American sentiment as a result of the pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement, and our ongoing efforts in delivering on our mission.

The event is FREE this year! We appreciate any contributions you would like to make to enable Asian Americans Advancing Justice  - AAJC to continue protecting our communities and promoting civil and human rights for all. 

Read our President and Executive Director John C. Yang's thank you message.

Click here to see 2019 honorees and event highlights!  


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