Sean Penn has been recognized yet again for his work in Haiti following the catastrophic January 2010 earthquake. The actor accepted the 2012 Peace Summit Award earlier this week in a Chicago ceremony that included the Dalai Lama and Lech Walesa, the former president of Poland.
“It’s an overused phrase, I know, but I trust you know its genuine today, I am humbled,” said Penn. “I’m trembling and I like it. It would take a poet laureate to describe for you the courage and the dignity of [Haiti's] people. There are no people on Earth more willing to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. But as Dr. Martin Luther King said, it’s fine to tell a man to pull himself up by his own bootstraps, but evil to tell a man to do so without boots.”
Udo Janz, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, told Sean Penn to think of his 2012 Peace Summit Award as “the Oscar for your humanitarian commitment.”