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Civil Rights Museum to honor Gore, King

MEMPHIS, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and bluesman B.B. King are being honored by the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, officials say.

Gore, King and Diane Nash, co-founder in 1960 of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, are to be honored Tuesday with the Museum's 2008 International Freedom Award, The Memphis Commercial Appeal reported Monday.

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Gore, who received the Nobel Peace Prize last year, is being honored for his work to educate people about man-made climate change, while King is being honored for paving the way for a generation of musicians who followed him, the Appeal reported.

Nash was 22 when she staged black sit-ins at white Nashville lunch counters, the Appeal reported, noting President John F. Kennedy appointed Nash to a committee that helped pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

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