How do you know you’re legend? When your bling isn’t diamonds (yawn) but your presidential Medal of Freedom. That’s just how Aretha Franklin, a recipient of the 2014 BET Honors, rolls. And the red carpet for the annual star-studded affair continued to impress as Motown’s Smokey Robinson grappled over his favorite Hitsville record, Oscar-winner Jennifer […]
Emory University celebrated a major archival coup last week with the acquirement of civil rights icon and Presidential Medal of Freedom awardee C.T. Vivian's papers. As part of Emory University's King Week celebration, the school announced...Show More Summary
Jan. 24, 1970: President Nixon traveled to Philadelphia to present the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Eugene Ormandy, the world-renowned conductor. Ormandy’s Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra struck up "Hail to the Chief" as Nixon entered. Show More Summary
Rev. Joseph Lowery, a civil rights leader and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, appeared on CNN on Monday where he expressed concerns about President Barack Obama’s judicial nominees to the federal bench in the state of Georgia. Show More Summary
President Obama's posthumous award of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Bayard Rustin on November 20, 2013, marked overdue recognition of Rustin's extraordinary contributions to the civil rights movement. On another level, Rustin's strategic vision has prophetic relevance for our time. Show More Summary
Last Wednesday on NPR, correspondent Ari Shapiro was talking about this year's recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. One of those recipients was Ernie Banks, the legendary Cubs player. When discussing Banks, Shapiro mentioned that Banks played for President Obama's favorite team - the Chicago White Sox. Show More Summary
Last week, we reported that Sally Ride, the first female American astronaut in space who came out in her July 2012 obituary, was awarded a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom. Sally's life partner, Tam O'Shaugnessy, accepted the award on her...
What do a race-baiting billionaire, a misogynist former president, and an abortion-supporting, man-hating women's rights activist all have in common?
Yesterday Tam O'Shaughnessy accepted the Presidential Medal Of Freedom on behalf of her late partner, Sally Ride. This afternoon the White House posted the below clip to their official YouTube channel. As of this writing, there's no clip from Walter Naegle, who accepted yesterday on behalf of his late partner, Bayard Rustin.
On Wednesday, Oprah Winfrey received from a grateful President Barack Obama the Presidential Medal of Freedom. To Winfrey, freedom apparently means continually labeling America as racist; only days before she hung the coveted medal around her neck Winfrey told the BBC that Americans derided Obama because he is black. Show More Summary
The gay pioneers were among 16 honorees awarded the highest civilian honor at the White House Wednesday. read more
Former President Bill Clinton, ex-Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee and woman-who-needs-no-introduction Oprah Winfrey were among the 16 people to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom yesterday. [ more › ]
The Presidential Medal of Freedom was awarded to Atlantan C.T. Vivian for his lifetime commitment to civil rights and universal equality. Vivian rubbed elbows with an interesting mix of fellow recipients including Gloria Steinem, Oprah Winfrey, and former President Bill Clinton.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
Thurgood Marshall Fund - President Obama Awards Bayard Rustin The Presidential Medal Of Freedom Huffington Post: Bayard Rustin: Politically Targeted, Spiritually Resilient, Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient The Root.com: We Are...Show More Summary
[Oprah Winfrey and former President Bill Clinton were two of the 16 recipients of this year's Presidential Medal of Freedom at a White House ceremony on Wednesday. The award is the nation's highest civilian honor. Photo by Evan Vucci via AP] Read more...
President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, to 16 people, including two gay people, both posthumously: Bayard Rustin and Sally Ride. Also receiving the honor: Ernie Banks, Ben Bradlee, Bill Clinton, Daniel Inouye, Daniel...
Gloria Steinem and Oprah Winfrey both received the Presidential Medal of Freedom today from President Barack Obama at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Ironically, Steinem was the first-ever woman to speak at the Club in 1971 and, at the time, was given the traditional gift of a men’s tie. [Ms Magazine, Marie Claire] [...]
Banks left his "Mr. Cub" hat at home. [ more › ]
President Barack Obama will honor sixteen recipients with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor, at a dinner Wednesday evening at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. The live event will began at approximately 7:10pm ET.
A tip of the hat (and also a giant gold medal) to Bayard Rustin and Sally Ride, whom President Obama just honored with a Presidential Medal of Freedom. Hip hip hooray for queers! Another medal went to Gloria Steinem, who may not be a lesbian but certainly has a few things to say about gender. […]