WASHINGTON -- The White House has announced this year’s recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. The list of 13 honorees includes musician Bob Dylan, writer Toni Morrison, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Shimon Peres.
"These extraordinary honorees come from different backgrounds and different walks of life, but each of them has made a lasting contribution to the life of our nation," President Obama said in a statement. "They’ve challenged us, they've inspired us, and they've made the world a better place. I look forward to recognizing them with this award."
The awards will be presented at White House ceremony later this spring. Here's the full list, with biographies provided by the White House:
- Madeleine Albright, the first woman to lead the State Department, served under President Clinton.
- John Doar, the assistant attorney general in charge of civil rights cases during the 1960s. Doer obtained convictions in several high-profile cases and led the effort to enforce the Voting Rights Act of 1965.