Model Citizens: Notable Medal of Freedom Recipients

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  • 052512 national presidential medal freedom maya angelou
  • 052512 national presidential medal freedom count basie
  • 052512 national presidential medal freedom duke ellington
  • 052512 national presidential medal freedom bb king
  • 052512 national presidential medal freedom leontyne price
  • 052512 national presidential medal freedom aretha franklin
  • 052512 national presidential medal freedom ella fitzgerald
  • 052512 national presidential medal freedom muhammad ali
  • 052512 national presidential medal freedom jesse owens
  • 052512 national presidential medal freedom jackie robinson
  • 052512 national presidential medal freedom jesse jackson
  • 052512 national presidential medal freedom colin powell
  • 052512 national presidential medal freedom toni morrison
  • 052512 national presidential medal freedom sidney poitier

Duke Ellington

Hailed by many as one of the greatest composers in the history of music, the jazz legend added Medal of Freedom recipient to his long list of accolades in 1969 when he was awarded by President Richard Nixon.

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