2009 Medal of Freedom Recipients
Washington D.C.: President Barack Obama
awarded the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom to 16 recipients
in an August White House Ceremony. Among those honored was:
Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow.
Medicine Crow, 96, is a member of the Crow
Tribe of Montana. He is the last living Plains Indian war
chief and a historian and author of Native American history
Medicine-Crow is most known for his work on the Battle of Little
Big Horn, the 1876 battle in which his grandfather served as a
scout for General George Armstrong Custer.
veteran of World War II, Medicine Crow obtained the honor of
becoming the last war chief of the Crow Tribe by completing four
key tasks while fighting in Europe:
"Born just a generation past the Battle of the Little Big Horn,
a grandson of a scout for General Custer himself, Dr. Joseph
Medicine Crow was the first member of his tribe to attend
college and earn a Master's," said President Barack Obama.
"Before completing his PhD, he left to serve in World War II.
Wearing war paint beneath his uniform, and a sacred feather
beneath his helmet, Joseph Medicine Crow completed the four
battlefield deeds that made him the last Crow war chief.
Historian, educator, and patriot -- a good man, a bacheitche in
Crow -- Dr. Medicine Crow's life reflects not only the warrior
spirit of the Crow people, but America's highest ideals."
Other Medal of Freedom Winners:
Nancy Goodman Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen for the
Cure, the world’s leading breast cancer grassroots organization.
Pedro José Greer, Jr., Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs
and Florida International University School of Medicine and
founder of Camillus Health Concern, an agency that
provides medical care to homeless and
Hawking, an internationally-recognized theoretical
physicist and the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at
Jack Kemp, U.S. Congressman,
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and
Republican Nominee for Vice President in 1996.
Sen. Edward Kennedy,
one of the longest-serving and greatest
Senators of all time who's worked tirelessly for health
care reform for more than 50 years.
Billie Jean King,
tennis player who championed gender equality issues in all aspects of life.
Rev. Joseph Lowery, leader of the civil rights
movement since the 1950s, and co-founder of the Southern
Christian Leadership Conference.
Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official from a
major U.S. city. He encouraged LGBT
citizens to live their lives openly.
Sandra Day O’Connor, a Supreme Court Justice from 1981
- 2006. She was the first woman ever to sit on
the Supreme Court.
actor, who broke racial barriers and
is the first African American to be nominated and win a Best
Actor Academy Award.
actress, singer and dancer, who broke
barriers to inspire a generation of women. In 2002, she was
the first Hispanic to receive the Kennedy Center Honor.
Mary Robinson, the first female President of Ireland,
former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and President of Realizing Rights: The
Ethical Globalization Initiative.
Janet Davison Rowley, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology
and Human Genetics at the University of Chicago. She discovered
the first consistent chromosome translocation in a human cancer.
Desmond Tutu, regarded as "South Africa’s moral
conscience," and a leading anti-apartheid activist
Muhammad Yunus, a global leader in anti-poverty efforts
pioneered the use of "micro-loans" to provide credit to poor
Watch the ceremony: http://184.108.40.206/News/2009/016012.asp
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