The Mario Savio Memorial Lecture and Young Activist Award were created:
To honor the memory of Mario Savio and the spirit of moral courage and vision which he and countless other activists of his generation exemplified;
To promote the values that Mario Savio struggled to advance throughout his life: human rights, social justice, and freedom of expression;
To provide a forum where young people can connect with older activists to understand their common ideals and find inspiration and nourishment for activism today;
To recognize and encourage young activists engaged in the struggle to build a more humane and just society.
Benjamin Todd Jealous, "Fighting for Justice: sustaining a struggle, building a movement" · November 29, 2016 · 8:00 PM
The first biography of Mario Savio, Freedom's Orator: Mario Savio and the Radical Legacy of the 1960s by Robert Cohen, has been published by Oxford University Press.