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NEWS
September 15, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
President Clinton honored civil rights heroine Rosa Parks for "one modest act of defiance that changed the course of history," awarding her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in an Oval Office ceremony. Parks was not able to attend earlier ceremonies in which 10 other distinguished Americans also were recognized and thus got her medal, the nation's highest civilian award, solo.
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NEWS
September 10, 1996 | From Associated Press
President Clinton presented the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, on Monday to 11 men and women he said "have raised the practice of freedom to new heights." Two of the recipients were not at the ceremony. The president said Rosa Parks, whose refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus helped spark the civil rights movement, was delayed. Former Rep. Morris K.
BUSINESS
September 15, 1995
MCA Inc. Chairman Emeritus Lew R. Wasserman will be honored Sept. 29 with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor. President Clinton will award Wasserman the medal in a White House ceremony. Wasserman is among 12 Americans who will be honored. Others include Children's Television Workshop creator Joan Ganz Cooney, children's television advocate Peggy Charren, former Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson, former Surgeon Gen. C.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1995 | JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Vice President Al Gore announced Friday in Pasadena that President Clinton is bestowing the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously on Willie Velasquez, a atino rights activist who founded the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project 20 years ago.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1995 | JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Vice President Al Gore announced Friday in Pasadena that President Clinton is bestowing the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously on Willie Velasquez, a leading local Latino rights activist who founded the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project 20 years ago.
NEWS
December 1, 1993 | Associated Press
President Clinton on Tuesday awarded the Medal of Freedom to "five of the greatest reformers of the century," including the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and retired Justice William J. Brennan. The medal, established by President Harry S. Truman, is the highest civilian award in the United States.
NEWS
January 14, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
President Bush hailed his predecessor, Ronald Reagan, as "a true American hero" and presented him with the nation's highest civilian award during a sentimental ceremony closing out 12 years of Republican rule at the White House. Tears mingled with laughter among former officials as effusive praise was passed around. Reagan became the first living former President to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, given to individuals to mark their contributions to America.
NEWS
December 17, 1992 | Associated Press
President Bush will present the nation's highest civilian honor to his predecessor, Ronald Reagan, a week before Bill Clinton's inauguration, the White House announced Wednesday. Reagan will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom in an East Room ceremony on Jan. 13. The former President will be the 301st recipient of the honor. Two other presidents, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, received it posthumously. Bush has bestowed the distinction on 36 other people.
NEWS
March 18, 1992 | DOUGLAS JEHL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the day Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton emerged as the prohibitive favorite to win the Democratic presidential nomination, President Bush visited the governor's home state on a trip he insisted had nothing to do with politics. Bush made the journey to present the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, to one of its richest men, Sam Walton, the gravely ill 73-year-old founder of Wal-Mart Stores.
NEWS
March 15, 1992 | From Associated Press
President Bush will travel Tuesday to Bill Clinton's home state of Arkansas, the only state he has not visited as President, to award the presidential Medal of Freedom to retail-store magnate Sam Walton, sources said Saturday. Walton, described by Fortune magazine as the wealthiest person in the United States, founded the nation's largest retail chain, Wal-Mart. He has suffered from bone cancer for two years.
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