“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”


J.K. Rowling

Profile in Courage Awards

Annual award recognizing public officials whose actions demonstrate the qualities of politically courageous leadership in the spirit of Profiles in Courage, President Kennedy’s 1957 Pulitzer prize-winning book. 

The American Civic Collaboration Awards highlight outstanding efforts of civic collaboration making impacts in local, national and youth communities. Awardees and finalists will be celebrated at the National Conference on Citizenship in October 2019. 

The Democracy Awards recognize achievement and performance by members of Congress and their staff in order to highlight what's working well in Congress.

Do you have a story to share about an act of political courage or ideas about what political courage means? Let us know! We'll be adding the best stories and ideas to this website. 














Being willing to listen

Being willing to learn

Courage can mean different things to different people. Sometimes it means going it alone; other times it means ask for help from others. Sometimes it means speaking up; other times it means quieting down and listening. Sometimes it means having the "courage of one's convictions" while other times it means the willingness to re-examine one's convictions.

Courage is usually about doing things differently. Differently than our peers. Differently than our usual way. Sometimes courage is even about trying things differently than what we think is right - the willingness to admit we don't have all the answers, the willingness to admit we might be wrong.      

Despite all the different forms courage can take, one thing about courage is nearly always true - we know it when we see it!  


What does courage mean to you? Let us know here

Being accountable

Being a team player

Trying new things

Taking chances

Speaking the truth

Doing what's right, not just convenient

Taking time to reflect

Being willing to change one's mind



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