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

National Treasures

Toni Morrison, winner of a Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize and a member of France’s Legion of Honor, today will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civil honor in the U.S. that recognizes the accomplishments of artists, politicians, educators, religious leaders and military officials whose contributions shaped the international community. Morrison will take her place among other notable African-Americans who have received the award. Keep reading for a look at 13 other African-Americans who have received this prestigious honor. —Britt Middleton

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