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Presidential Medal of Freedom

Mark Twain's Latest Inspirational Quote

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.29.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

Currently, he haunts the Internet. He's constantly being quoted as saying encouraging, inspiring remarks your mother or your best friend might say to you when you're feeling miserable, or things you'd want on a thought-for-the-day calendar.

Thanks to Four Bright Rainbows in Our National Clouds

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

All were willing to step up to make a difference, to lead when it could be dangerous, and to let their lives be shining examples for others. We should remember them when we face stormy and cloudy weather in our national life and become bright rainbows of hope like them.

Behind The Scenes At The Presidential Medal Of Freedom Ceremony

Posted 12.08.2014 | MarloThomas

On November 24th, AOL’s own Marlo Thomas was awarded the 2014 Presidential Medal Of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor, at a ceremony at t...

Oh, Baby!

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 02.01.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

The woman who advocated for 50 years for newborn hearing screening, died -- after seeing the screening she advocated for implemented for almost every infant born in a hospital in the U.S. I started thinking about women whose accomplishments helped improve the health of newborns.

Meryl Streep, Stevie Wonder Among 18 Awarded Presidential Medal Of Freedom By Obama

AP | NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday bestowed America's highest civilian honor on trailblazers in the arts, sports and politics, along...

Women's Firsts in the Big Apple

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 01.17.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

When Joan Ganz Cooney decided to start the Children's Television Workshop, she was told that she could be the deputy, but that a man should be in charge. Her response was that if a man were in charge, she would not be involved

A Change Is Gonna Come

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 01.11.2015 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

Last Saturday in Los Angeles, my friend of 50 years, Harry Belafonte, was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, an honorary Oscar. And yesterday, while we were savoring this good news, the White House announced that James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schewerner would be posthumous recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

President Honors Fallen Civil Rights Martyrs

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics
Brian Levin, J.D.

June 21, 1964, went from a day of hope to a night of terror and fear as three civil rights workers from CORE were shot dead by a mob of Klansmen and law enforcement on the narrow Rock Cut Road outside Philadelphia, Mississippi, in sparsely populated Neshoba County.

Tom Brokaw To Receive Presidential Medal Of Freedom

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 11.11.2014 | Media

NBC News' Tom Brokaw will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's "highest civilian honor," the White House announced in a press rele...

Meryl Streep, Ethel Kennedy To Get Presidential Medal Of Freedom

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics

BEIJING (AP) — Meryl Streep, Stevie Wonder and Tom Brokaw are among the latest Americans tapped to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Presid...

Keystone State She-roes

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 01.10.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

My travel last week took me to Pennsylvania, The Keystone State. Many strong and accomplished women are affiliated with this state that was one of the 13 original colonies

How the Cookie Crumbles

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 11.26.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

In 1896, Fannie Farmer published her cookbook, The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book, which revolutionized cooking. This was the first cookbook to incorporate accurate measurements for the recipes, which made them possible to replicate.

If At First You Don't Succeed

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 10.08.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Many of the women who changed America, and who have been inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame, met significant adversity along their paths.

The Artist and the Astronaut by Bruce Helander

Bruce Helander | Posted 09.05.2014 | Arts
Bruce Helander

Chicago artist Marla Friedman's recent portrait sculpture of the legendary Apollo 13 astronaut Captain James A. Lovell, Jr. follows the historic and t...

Celebrating Our She-roes

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 08.10.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Writer, actor, and activist Maya Angelou inspired generations of women with her efforts to overcome discrimination, prejudice and abuse. A woman, who didn't speak for years in her youth, became a voice for millions in her adult life; and that voice was quite lyrical.

Georgia Peaches

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 08.01.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

These Georgia peaches have contributed to the culture and economy of their state and the U.S. I have profiled two amazing Georgia women in recent blogs: Coretta Scott King and Juliette Gordon Low, both of whom have been inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame. Of course, there are many other accomplished Georgia women. Let's learn about a few.

An Unknown American Heroine

Jim Calio | Posted 07.15.2014 | Women
Jim Calio

Virginia was honored with the Legion of Honor in France, that country's highest civilian award. She kept her American citizenship until the day she died, but she is virtually unknown in the United States.

And the Winner Is...

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 05.17.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

The Presidential Medal of Freedom may not have the name cachet of an Oscar, but it is our nation's highest civilian honor and an award to be celebrated.

Hockey Sticks, Curling Stones, Broken Bones

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 05.02.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Dr. Gloria Beim stands on the shoulders of those women in the medical profession who came before her. Let's discover some of those pioneering women.

Bayard Rustin and the Audacity of Hope

Harry Boyte | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Harry Boyte

President Obama's posthumous award of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Bayard Rustin on November 20, 2013, marked overdue recognition of Rustin's extraordinary contributions to the civil rights movement.

WATCH: Cubs Legend Awarded Medal Of Freedom

Posted 11.20.2013 | Chicago

Legendary Chicago Cub Ernie Banks was honored Wednesday at the White House with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor...

Oprah Receives Country's Highest Honor

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 11.21.2013 | Media

Two of the biggest names in media and journalism, Oprah Winfrey and Ben Bradlee, were honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's hig...

Obama Gives Big Honors

AP | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is bestowing the Presidential Medal of Freedom on more than a dozen prominent Americans 50 years after the ...

Inspiring Action: President Clinton's Lifetime of Service

Paul Farmer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Paul Farmer

While his accomplishments as the 42nd President of the United States were extraordinary, the work he's done since then as a private citizen has had as profound an impact on millions more around the world.

Why Are There No Medals for Teachers?

William H. Harwood | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
William H. Harwood

In the wake of Sandy Hook, the nation was confronted with the long overdue question of gun safety and individual liberty. But there is another long overdue question. Why are there no medals for teachers?