Friday, April 27, 2012

Amazingly enough, "Bob Dylan, Toni Morrison among 13 tapped for Presidential Medal of Freedom"

Here. It's amazing because the people who are receiving it, for the most part, actually deserve it. Besides Bob Dylan and Toni Morrison you have Dolores Huerta of the United Farm Workers, who worked with Cesar Chavez, as well as

"– William Foege, a physician and epidemiologist, who helped lead the successful campaign to eradicate smallpox in the 1970s.


– John Glenn, a retired US senator and former astronaut who was the third American in space, and later became the oldest to travel there at the age of 77.
– Gordon Hirabayashi, who “openly defied the forced relocation and internment of Japanese Americans during World War II,” and took his challenge all the way to the US Supreme Court. He died in January and is to receive his award posthumously.
– Jan Karski, a leading figure in the Polish Underground during World War II, who later became a US citizen and died in 2000.
– Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the iconic Girl Scouts group, which in its century-long existence has grown into the largest educational organization for girls and has had over 50 million members. She died in 1927.
– Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in all of college basketball with 1,098 wins who led the Lady Vols of the University of Tennessee to eight national championships. She has been vocal in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, and recently revealed that she has been diagnosed with early-onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type.– William Foege, a physician and epidemiologist, who helped lead the successful campaign to eradicate smallpox in the 1970s."

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