President Joe Biden has named 17 people to receive the highest civilian honor in the United States, including the late Steve Jobs, Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles and actor Denzel Washington.
Biden announced on Friday the recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is awarded “to individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the prosperity, values, or security of the United States, to world peace, or to other significant societal, public, or private endeavors.” . , according to the White House.
Jobs, who died in 2011, is one of three recipients to be honored posthumously. As co-founder, chief executive and chairman of Apple, “His vision, imagination and creativity led to inventions that have changed and continue to change the way the world communicates,” the White House said.
Biles, the most decorated gymnast in American history with 32 Olympic and World Championships medals, “is also a prominent advocate for the mental health and safety of athletes, children in foster care and victims of sexual assault,” according to the White House.
It was a reference to Biles testifying before Congress last year about alleged sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of Larry Nassar, the former US gymnastics doctor.
Washington, a director, producer and winner of two Academy Awards, is also honored for having served as the national spokesperson for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America for more than 25 years.
Senator John McCain, who died in 2018, is being recognized for his decades of public service work. He was previously awarded a Purple Heart for his service in the Vietnam War.
Another Olympic gold medalist, Megan Rapinoe, is hailed for her achievements in soccer and as a “celebrity advocate for gender pay and equality, racial justice and LGBTQI+ rights,” according to the White House.
Other recipients include former Congressman Gabriel Giffords, former Alabama State Assemblyman Fred Gray, former Senator Alan Simpson and former AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, who died in 2021.
Biden will also welcome New York City nurse Sandra Lindsay, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee founding member Diane Nash, Brigadier General Wilma Vaughtis, Gold Star father Khizr Khanis, Father Alexander Karloutsos, Sister Simone Campbell, former President of the University of Texas at Brownsville, Julieta García, and civilians honor human rights lawyer Raúl Yzaguirre.
The President will present the awards at the White House on July 7.
The honorees “show the power of possibility and embody the soul of the nation – hard work, perseverance and faith,” the White House said.
“They have overcome significant obstacles to achieve impressive achievements in the arts and sciences, dedicated their lives to serving the most vulnerable among us, and acted boldly to drive change in their communities — and around the world — while transcending generations have paved ways away Come.’
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/07/01/joe-biden-giving-medal-of-freedom-to-steve-jobs-simone-biles-15-more-16929158/ Joe Biden awards Medal of Freedom to Steve Jobs, Simone Biles and 15 others