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Biden Reveals Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipients

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Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients

Denzel Washington, Oscar-winning actor, director and producer and longtime spokesperson for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Simone Biles, most decorated U.S. gymnast in history and advocate for athletes’ mental health, children in foster care and sexual assault victims

John McCain, spent more than five years in captivity in Vietnam while serving in the U.S. Navy, later representing Arizona in both houses of Congress and was the Republican presidential nominee in 2008, passed away of brain cancer in 2018

Sandra Lindsay, COVID-19 vaccine advocate, the New York City nurse who received the first COVID-19 vaccine dose in the United States

Sister Simone Campbell, member of the Sister of Social Service and former executive director of NETWORK, a Catholic social justice organization, advocating for economic justice, overhauling the U.S. immigration system and health care policy
Julieta Garcia, former president of the University of Texas at Brownsville, and first Latina to become a college president

Gabrielle Giffords, former U.S. House member from Arizona, shot in the head in January 2011 during a constituent event in Tucson, and founder of Giffords, an organization dedicated to ending gun violence

Fred Gray, one of the first Black members of the Alabama Legislature after Reconstruction. He was a prominent civil rights attorney who represented Rosa Parks, the NAACP and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc. before passing away in 2011

Father Alexander Karloutsos, assistant to Archbishop Demetrios of America and counsel to several U.S. presidents

Khizr Khan, immigrant from Pakistan whose Army officer son was killed in Iraq, who became a target of Donald Trump after speaking at the 2016 Democratic National Convention

Diane Nash, founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, organizing 20th century civil rights campaigns and worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Megan Rapinoe, Olympic gold medalist and two-time Women’s World Cup soccer champion, advocate for gender pay equality, racial justice and LGBTQI+ rights

Alan Simpson, retired U.S. senator from Wyoming, advocate for campaign finance reform, responsible governance and marriage equality

Richard Trumka, president of AFL-CIO until his August 2021 death, and a past president of the United Mine Workers

Wilma Vaught, brigadier general, one of the most decorated women in U.S. military history

Raúl Yzaguirre, civil rights advocate, president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza for 30 years and U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic under Obama

Joe Biden also just spoke out about the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

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