Bob Dylan Amoung The 2012 Medal Of Freedom Recipients
The White House has announced this year’s recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. The list of 13 honorees includes musician Bob Dylan, writer Toni Morrison, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Shimon Peres.
These extraordinary honorees come from different backgrounds and different walks of life, but each of them has made a lasting contribution to the life of our nation," President Obama said in a statement. They’ve challenged us, they've inspired us, and they've made the world a better place. I look forward to recognizing them with this award."
The awards will be presented at White House ceremony later this spring. Here's the full list, with biographies provided by the White House: Madeleine Albright, the first woman to lead the State Department, served under President Clinton.
John Doar, the assistant attorney general in charge of civil rights cases during the 1960s. Doer obtained convictions in several high-profile cases and led the effort to enforce the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Bob Dylan, songwriter, poet and musician. Dylan has won almost every other major award, including a Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Art et des Lettres, a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation and the 2009 National Medal of Arts.
William Foege, physician and epidemiologist. Foege helped lead the effort to eradicate smallpox in the 1970s.
John Glenn, a former Democratic senator from Ohio, was the third American in space and the first to orbit the Earth. Glenn returned to space in 1998 at age 77.