Obama's Medal Of Freedom Picks Reflect Civil Rights Movement
President Obama nominated 19 candidates to receive the Medal of Freedom Monday, and several of them have ties to the Civil Rights Movement.By Matt Picht | November 11, 2014
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian honor awarded by the U.S., and President Obama has just named 19 new candidates for the prestigious prize.
You're probably familiar with some of the more famous faces on the list, like singer Stevie Wonder, actress Meryl Streep, newsman Tom Brokaw and composer Stephen Sondheim.
But this year, the president's awards were especially focused on civil rights, honoring those who helped champion racial equality in the U.S. and break down racial barriers in specific fields.