Image: US President Barack Obama awards the the Presidential Medal of Freedom to nineteen recipients

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From Actors to Activists: Medal of Freedom Recipients

President Obama presented the nation's highest civilian honor to 18 artists, activists, public servants and others.

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President Barack Obama speaks before awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom, on Nov. 24, 2014, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. President Obama presented the nation's highest civilian honor to 18 artists, activists, public servants and others.

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Image: US President Barack Obama awards the the Presidential Medal of Freedom to nineteen recipients

Actress Meryl Streep is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama.

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President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Freedom to author Isabel Allende.

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Image: Singer Stevie Wonder is greeted by U.S. President Obama after receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a White House ceremony in Washington

Singer Stevie Wonder is greeted by U.S. President Barack Obama after receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

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Image: US President Barack Obama awards the the Presidential Medal of Freedom to nineteen recipients

Retired U.S. golfer Charles Sifford is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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U.S. journalist Tom Brokaw is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Image:  Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients Kennedy and Mikva applaud prior to being honored at a White House ceremony in Washington

Ethel Kennedy, widow of U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and founder of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, applauds alongside five-term Congressman from Illinois Abner Mikva as they wait to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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President Obama presents the Medal of Freedom to actress Marlo Thomas.

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