Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Harvey Milk, Sidney Poitier among Obama's Medal of Freedom recipients

President Obama has named the 16 recipients of the Medal of Freedom. All honorees were chosen for doing their part to be “agents of change.”

In addition to pioneering gay rights activist Harvey Milk and veteran actor Sidney Poitier, Obama selected American civil-rights activist the Rev. Joseph Lowery, South African freedom fighter Desmond Tutu, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, tennis star Billie Jean King, retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Republican Congressman Jack Kemp and singer Chita Rivera.

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