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Charles L. Levendosky
Last updated: 8/29/2013
Charles L. Levendosky
Roll of Honor
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  Charles was the 1999 recipient of the Roll of Honor Award.

Charles was the editor of the opinions page of the Casper, WY, Star-Tribune and a widely syndicated columnist who often focused on First Amendment issues. He created the pioneering online First Amendment Cyber-Tribune as well as the First Amendment Op-Ed service. He was also a poet and author of numerous books. Charles served on the Freedom to Read Foundation board.

In 1988 Charles was named the Wyoming Poet Laureate. He died in 2004 after a battle with cancer.

As a poet, journalist, webmaster, friend of libraries and librarians, and
member of the Board of the Freedom to Read Foundation, you have had
an immeasurable impact on educating the public about the necessity and
power of a free press and on safeguarding our freedom to read, learn, and
connect with the full span of ideas and information.

THANK YOU, Charles, for establishing the First Amendment Cyber-Tribune,
an award-winning website dedicated to informing and teaching the
American people and people everywhere, about why we so resolutely
defend and preserve our First Amendment for every American, young and

Thank you, Charles, for creating and maintaining the First Amendment
Op-Ed Service, a joint project of the FtRF and the ALA IFC, which
provides timely and thoughtful essays on the dangers of surrendering our
inheritance of free speech to censors of any stripe, well-meaning or not.

Thank you, Charles, for honoring librarians by championing our most
basic value.

Thank you, Charles, for tirelessly exposing the dangers and illuminating
— by your eloquence and passion — why we must forever uphold, affirm
and celebrate the principles of intellectual freedom.

Candace D. Morgan, President
Judith F. Krug, Executive Director

New Orleans, Louisiana
June 1999
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