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Awards & Honors: 2012 Chairman's Commendation

Malcolm Margolin

For EXTRAORDINARY VISION, commitment, and passion for deepening people’s awareness and celebration of California’s many cultures, landscapes, and boundary-breaking ideas. In addition to his own research on Bay-area environmental and cultural riches, Margolin has devoted his life to working with people to publish important, serious, and joyful books and magazines about California. In publishing works by and about the cultures, ideas, languages and spirit of the  California Indian community, he has helped spark a revitalization of California Indian languages and cultures. Margolin’s steadfast and jubilant commitment to the humanities underscores what it means to be Californian, American, and, ultimately, what it means to be human.