Model Citizens: Notable Medal of Freedom Recipients

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  • 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
  • 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

Jackie Robinson

The Brooklyn Dodgers player famously broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. He passed away on October 24, 1972, but was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously by Reagan in 1984.

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