Model Citizens: Notable Medal of Freedom Recipients

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  • 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
  • 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

Sidney Poitier

The Academy Award-winning actor (the second African-American to do so) and diplomat received the award from President Obama in 2009.

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