Presidentbestowed 13 distinguished persons with the prestigious Medal of Freedom at a glittering ceremony in the East Room of the White House – this is the highest civilian honor in the USA.
This has been reported in bbc.com dated 30th of May 2012.
The award had been instituted by former President John F Kennedy in 1963 and is given to people from all walks of life and who have made exceptional contributions to society.
Three prominent recipients were musician, astronaut , and Israeli President Shimon Peres.
The others were –
Toni Morrison the author for her contribution to American fiction
Madeleine Albright who was the first woman to hold the post of secretary of state from 1997 to 2001
John Doar the assistant attorney general who was the in charge of civil rights at the Department of Justice during the 1960s
William Foege who was a physician and former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and who had taking a leading part in the campaign to eradicate smallpox
Gordon Hirabayashi who had fought the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II
Dolores Huerta a community activist and co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association in 1962
Jan Karski an officer in the Polish Underground in World War II who at a later date became a professor at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service
Juliette Gordon Low the founder of the Girl Scouts in 1912
John Paul Stevens the associate justice of the US Supreme Court from 1975 to 2010
Pat Summitt the basketball coach who has won more games than any other coach, and who was a spokeswoman against Alzheimer's disease.
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