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People For The American Way Foundation

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Purpose and Activities

The foundation conducts research, legal action, and education work on behalf of First Amendment freedoms and democratic values.


Established in 1981 in DE - Founded by Norman Lear, Barbara Jordan, Andrew Heiskell and Rev. Theodore Hesburgh. Lear is a television writer and producer who has worked on such shows as "All in the Family," "Sanford and Son," "Maude," "Good Times," "The Jeffersons," "One Day at a Time," "Diff'rent Strokes," "The Facts of Life," and "Who's the Boss?" He was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1984, and had a National Medal of Arts conferred on him in 1999 by then-president Bill Clinton. The late Barbara Jordan represented Texas's 18th district in the House of Representatives from 1973 to 1979, becoming the first black woman from Texas to do so; she was also a key note speaker at the 1976 Democratic National Convention. The late Andrew Heiskell was the chairman and C.E.O. of Time Inc., a subsidiary of Time Warner, and founded People Magazine in 1974. Rev. Hesburgh served as president of the University of Notre Dame from 1952 to 1987, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1999


People For The American Way Foundation

Public charity




1101 15th Street NW, Suite 600 Washington, DC United States 20005

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