Three cheers for Barbra Streisand! President Barack Obama will honor Babs, Steven Spielberg, Gloria Estefan and many other incredible Americans by bestowing them the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Nov. 24. You can witness this prestigious event as it happens. Click to watch!
Today will go down in history! President Barack Obama, 54, will award American’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal Of Freedom, to individuals who have made undeniable contributions to culture and world peace. Among those receiving this distinction are mathematician Katherine G. Johnson, 97, baseball legend Willie Mays, 84, and entertainment icon Barbra Streisand, 73!
President Obama will give the Medal of Freedom to Katherine, Willie, Babs and fourteen others at the White House on Nov. 24. It will be a gathering of the most renowned names in arts, science and politics. The ceremony begins at 5 p.m. EST, and HollywoodLife.com wants you see every second.
The Presidential Medal of freedom is the highest honor an American citizen can attain, and it’s awarded to individuals who made incredible contributions to the “security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors,” according to WhiteHouse.gov. Considering the accomplishments and achievements of those being celebrated this year, it’s clear that they deserve such a high honor!
Katherine helped NASA successfully send the first American, Alan Shepard, into space. Willie was one of the first African-American players in MLB history, and Barbra’s work with the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute to correct gender inequality in the research of heart disease is as important as her amazing career on screen and stage.
James Taylor will also receive the honor, as will Steven Spielberg, theater legend Stephen Sondheim, and music icons Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan. Bonnie Carroll, who dedicated her life to caring for the US military and veterans, will also be celebrated. Plus, baseball’s Yogi Berra will be given the award, as will civil rights activist Shirley Chisholm and Native-American advocate Billy Frank, Jr.
Barbara Mikulski, the longest-serving female U.S. Senator, will also be honored, as will violinist Itzhak Perlman, EPA administrator William Ruckelshaus, human rights leader Minoru Yasui and former Indiana rep Lee Hamilton. Each of the individuals has done so much in their respective fields, it’s hard to just summarize it. This year’s ceremony will showcase an amazing collection of outstanding Americans. Such extraordinary talents may never been on the same stage again.
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