Joe Biden To Present Presidential Medal Of Freedom; Phil Donahue, Michelle Yeoh Among Media And Entertainment Recipients

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Phil Donahue and Michelle Yeoh are among the many media and leisure recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which Joe Biden will current on the White House later at present.

Other honorees embody former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), former Vice President Al Gore, former Secretary of State John Kerry and former senator Elizabeth Dole. Jesuit priest Gregory Boyle, the founding father of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, additionally can be honored.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civilian honor. The White House final held a ceremony in July, 2022.

Donahue is being acknowledged as “a journalist and television pioneer who pioneered the daytime issue-oriented television talk show.” Yeoh is being acknowledged as the primary Asian to win the Academy Award for greatest actress, and as somebody who “continues to shatter stereotypes and enrich American culture.”

Others on the checklist embody Clarence B. Jones, the civil rights activist and lawyer who helped draft Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech; swimmer Kathleen Genevieve Ledecky; educator and activist Opal Lee; Ellen Ochoa, the primary Hispanic lady in house; astronomer Jane Rigby; United Farm Workers President Teresa Romero, and LGBT activist Judy Shepard.

Being honored posthumously can be Medgar Evers, former senator Frank Lautenberg and multi-sports legend Jim Thorpe.

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