King Mohammed VI was crowned the 2019 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, a prestigious medal that many American and international personalities have been awarded thanks to their personal, professional and charitable contributions that have benefited the international community.
The record list of the Honorary Medal winners includes seven American presidents namely Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump.
Indeed, the award has been received by number of world leaders as well as prominent American figures in which some of them are Nobel Prize winners and prominent names in the academic field, art, industry and sports.
The high profile awards the Ellis Island Foundation grants embodies the essence of American values through the celebration and recognition of national attributes, tolerance, and diversity.
The main purpose of this Foundation, that grants its awards annually at a grand ceremony in New York City, is dedicated to honoring the values of diversity and promoting tolerance, respect and understanding between religious and ethnic groups. As also this foundation, which was founded in 1986, is responsible for the maintenance and restoration of the large symbol of American immigration history.
King Mohammed VI pays great attention to the humanitarian aspect and charitable initiatives that aim to support and assist the poor and the needy in Morocco, either through the distribution of Ramadan alms every year, or through the National Initiative for human development, which was launched by the king years ago, to the extent that he was tagged “the King for the poor people”.
He also ensures according to the role as “the commander of the faithful” that the religious minorities living in Morocco are able to enjoy their religious practices in a cool state of tolerance and recognition of all cultures and religions.
This is a policy established by the late King Hassan II, without any exception. Finally, a policy of great human dimension, towards African migrants built on respecting their rights and not disrupted by security concerns or punishment and repression.