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By Barbi Martinez
21 new recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom were announced on, and not only does it include the two gentlemen above (you may have heard of them), among the other icons are Diana Ross, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Ellen DeGeneres, Lorne Michaels, Tom Hanks, Robert Redford, and Cicely Tyson. The awards will be streamed live from the White House Nov. 22.
President Obama said, in a statement, “The Presidential Medal of Freedom is not just our nation’s highest civilian honor,” he noted. “It’s a tribute to the idea that all of us, no matter where we come from, have the opportunity to change this country for the better. From scientists, philanthropists, and public servants to activists, athletes, and artists, these 21 individuals have helped push America forward, inspiring millions of people around the world along the way.”