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WHITE HOUSE

President Obama Names Medal Of Freedom Honorees

The White House on Thursday named the 2012 recipients of the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Here's the list:

 
  • Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright
  • Former Assistant Attorney General John Doar, who worked to protect and widen civil rights in the 1960s.
  • Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan
  • Former Centers and Disease Control and Prevention Director William Foege, an epidemiologist who helped eradicate smallpox. 
  • Former Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, marine corps veteran and astronaut.
  • Gordon Hirabayashi, who protested the internment of Japanese Americans in World War II.
  • Civil rights advocate Dolores Huerta, co-founder of what became the United Farm Workers of America.
  • Jan Karski, a former officer in the Polish Underground who helped bring the Holocaust to international attention.
  • Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts. 
  • Novelist Toni Morrison
  • Former President of Israel Shimon Peres
  • Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens
  • Pat Summitt, legendary coach of the University of Tennessee women's basketball team.

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