Born black and poor into an America of burning crosses and lynchings, writer Maya Angelou worked as a streetcar conductor, cook, prostitute and nightclub dancer — and rose to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the nation’s first African-American President.
President Obama has released a statement on the death of Maya Angelou, in which he reveals that his mother named his sister after the poet and memoirist. Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011. --Ryu Spaeth WhenShow More Summary
What he said when he awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.
The legendary poet and author Maya Angelou, who just passed away at the age of 86, was a big supporter of President Obama, and in 2011, he awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. But she also was a critic of his school-reform policies, raising her voice last year to blast […]
Here is video of Maya Angelou reciting her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at the 1993 inauguration of President Bill Clinton. She was later honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011 by President Barack Obama.
Comedy legend Bill Cosby just added another award to his already heavy shelf. Now sharing space with his Kennedy Center honor, his Presidential Medal of Freedom and Mark Twain Prize for American Humor (and many others) is his new Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence, which he accepted just last week. Show More Summary
The decades-old civil rights memorabilia, including her Presidential Medal of Freedom and a signed postcard from Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., has been up for auction since 2006. But so far no-one has put in a bid for the astonishing collection - said to be worth between $8 million and $10 million.
I was reading that Gloria Steinem turned 80 years old the other day. You may remember that she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom back on November 20, 2013. Gloria Steinem is hailed by many so called feminists as being a crusader in the “Women’s Movement,” for equality and social justice. She has tirelessly […]
Dr. Ben Carson receives Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush in 2008 Uh: Fox News contributor and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson on Monday compared American society to Nazi Germany. "I mean, [our society is]...Show More Summary
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