Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Chita: Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient

Tomorrow, Broadway Diva Chita Rivera will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Along with Chita, 15 other recipients have been chosen, and cited as "agents of change": Nancy Goodman Brinker, founder of breast cancer organization Susan G. Komen for the Cure; philanthropist Dr. Pedro Jose Greer; internationally renowned physicist Stephen Hawking; the late pro-football player turned congressman Jack Kemp; Senator and health care advocate Edward M. Kennedy; tennis pro Billie Jean King; civil rights advocate Reverend Joseph Lowery; American Indian preservationist Joe Medicine Crow; the late gay right’s activist Harvey Milk; Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor; director and actor Sidney Poitier; former President of Ireland Mary Robinson; geneticist Janet Davison Rowley; anti-apartheid activist Desmond Tutu; and anti-poverty advocate Muhammad Yunus.

Tomorrow, August 12th, at 3:00 pm eastern, http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/ will stream the ceremony live. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is "America’s highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom is awarded to individuals who make an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."

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