Bob Dylan and Toni Morrison Among Presidential Medal of Freedom Honorees


Well, we’re not going to argue with this: The White House has announced that Barack Obama will present the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Bob Dylan, Toni Morrison, and 11 other notable Americans. Along with identifying him as “one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century,” the president’s people are commending Dylan’s “considerable influence on the civil rights movement.” Morrison, meanwhile, is praised as “one of our nation’s most celebrated novelists” and acknowledged for being the first African American woman to win a Nobel Prize. Among the other (living and deceased) recipients of America’s highest civilian honor are Madeleine Albright, John Glenn, Shimon Peres, National Farmworkers Association co-founder Dolores Huerta, and Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low. [via ArtsBeat]