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Elie Wiesel to Speak “Against Indifference” to 2000+ in Charlotte for

The Echo Foundation’s 10th Anniversary and 

2007 Voices Against Indifference Initiative


Sally Dalton Robinson to be Honored with

2007 Echo Award Against Indifference 

   Charlotte, N.C. (March 27, 2007) – The Echo Foundation welcomes back co-founder and honorary chairperson       Elie Wiesel (Ĕl′·ē  Vē-zĕll′),  Nobel Peace Prize winner and Holocaust survivor, for the 2007 Voices Against        

Indifference Initiative project,  “A Decade Inspired by Elie Wiesel,” sponsored by The Leon Levine Foundation:

Sandra and Leon Levine.  The project celebrates Wiesel’s life-affirming work around the world as well as his

contributions to the Charlotte community.  (For a photo of Wiesel, with photo credit to Sergey Bermeniev, go to

As the culmination of community-wide educational events, Elie Wiesel will share his unique insights on human dignity, justice and moral courage in a long-anticipated speech to 2,000+ people in a Community Lecture tonight at 6:30 p.m. at The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Belk Theater.  He will speak “Against Indifference” and about personal responsibility for creating a more just world.

To bring substance to Wiesel’s message, the Charlotte community will be invited to join “Action Echoes,” a new initiative that answers the question, “What can one person do?” All participants of “A Decade Inspired by Elie Wiesel” will receive a card describing a humane task or good deed, and challenged to affirm their commitment to making a difference by completing the suggested action.

Prior to Wiesel’s talk, clergy and students from local synagogues will join the Charlotte Children’s Choir to perform both sacred and secular music.

Sally Dalton Robinson, long recognized as one of Charlotte’s leading activists for justice and positive social change, will be honored prior to the Community Lecture at a Patrons’ Reception welcoming Wiesel.  She will receive the award from former Mayor Harvey Gantt, joined by Stan Brookshire, Chairman of the Presbyterian Healthcare Board of Trustees.  (Editor note: For a photo of Sally Robinson, go to

“Sally Dalton Robinson has shaped the Charlotte community through her unwavering commitment to justice and inclusion of all people.  Through her visionary leadership, she has been a consistent force for good,” said Mark Erwin, chairman of The Echo Foundation Board of Trustees.

Robinson has been a dedicated volunteer with countless nonprofit organizations for more than 45 years.  In that time, she has received numerous awards celebrating the work she has done.  She currently serves on The Echo Foundation’s Charlotte Board of Advisors and also lends her talents to the boards of the Levine Museum of the New South where she is Founding Chair Emerita, the National Humanities Center, MDC Inc., Foundation for the Carolinas, the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, the Robertson Scholars Program, the President’s Council of Central Piedmont Community College, the Advisory Board of the Women’s Inter-Cultural Exchange and as Chair of the Advisory Board of the North Carolina Humanities Council.

Also being honored is Benjamin Smolen who will receive the Young Hero of Hope Award at the Patrons’ Reception.  A Princeton University senior and Myers Park High School graduate, Smolen is being recognized for his leadership and commitment to action for humanity.  For a photo of Ben Smolen, go to


About The Echo Foundation Award Against Indifference

The Echo Award Against Indifference was established in February 2000 to honor a member of the Mecklenburg County community who works “with an eye towards peace, a heart filled with compassion and a voice against indifference, in order to remind our community of its highest ideals.”  Previous recipients include: the late Bank of America executive and staunch community activist Joe Martin, Bishop George E. Battle Jr., the late Sister Mary Thomas Burke, former Charlotte Mayor Harvey Gantt, former UNC Charlotte Chancellor Dean Colvard, and former Bank of America Chairman Hugh McColl Jr.


About the Echo Young Heroes of Hope Award

The Echo Young Hero of Hope Award calls attention to emerging humanitarian leaders.  It was initiated in 2006 with five recipients who translated their passion for humankind into action and service that benefits the greater good.  These previous recipients are: H.D. Ballard (University of Virginia), Katie Chamblee (Swarthmore College), Andrew Chan (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Chris Sinay (Yale University), and Justine Treadwell (Centers for Disease Control in Tanzania).


About The Echo Foundation

The Echo Foundation was founded in 1997 to carry on the message Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel brought to Charlotte that year – a call to action for human dignity, justice and moral courage.  Recent Echo Foundation Voices Against Indifference guest speakers and programs include: the 2005 program featuring five Nobel Laureates in science and medicine; Doctors without Borders founder Bernard Kouchner, Harvard Afro-American Studies Department Chairman Henry Louis Gates Jr., Columbia Earth Institute Director Jeffrey Sachs, Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, human rights advocate Kerry Kennedy Cuomo, and Chinese dissident Harry Wu.  For more information, visit

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