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Thu Apr 26, 2012, 09:07 PM

Bob Dylan, Toni Morrison Among 13 Tapped for Presidential Medal of Freedom

Source: Agence France-Presse

Bob Dylan, Toni Morrison among 13 tapped for Presidential Medal of Freedom

By Agence France-Presse
Thursday, April 26, 2012 20:11 EDT

WASHINGTON — Music legend Bob Dylan and Nobel-winning writer Toni Morrison lead a list of 13 people who will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest US civilian honor, the White House said Thursday.

“These extraordinary honorees come from different backgrounds and different walks of life, but each of them has made a lasting contribution to the life of our nation,” President Barack Obama said in a statement.

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Dylan has been a defining figure in folk and rock music for nearly half a century. Known for his poetic lyrics, his work “had considerable influence on the civil rights movement of the 1960s,” the statement said.

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Other recipients of the prestigious award are:

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– Gordon Hirabayashi, who “openly defied the forced relocation and internment of Japanese Americans during World War II,” and took his challenge all the way to the US Supreme Court. He died in January and is to receive his award posthumously.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/04/26/bob-dylan-toni-morrison-among-13-tapped-for-presidential-medal-of-freedom

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Hissyspit Apr 2012 OP
Booster Apr 2012 #1
Booster Apr 2012 #3
rug Apr 2012 #2
SCRUBDASHRUB Apr 2012 #4
rug Apr 2012 #5
Jefferson23 Apr 2012 #6
Staph Apr 2012 #7
limpyhobbler Apr 2012 #10
BlueIris Apr 2012 #8
obamanut2012 Apr 2012 #9
frazzled Apr 2012 #11

Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Thu Apr 26, 2012, 09:16 PM

1. Tough decision, but I'd have to give it to Dylan.

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Response to Booster (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 26, 2012, 09:27 PM

3. There's more than 1 winner, which I didn't know. Yea, a lot of people I admire got the medal.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Thu Apr 26, 2012, 09:17 PM

2. I hope he does Rainy Day Women when he gets it.

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Response to rug (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 26, 2012, 09:29 PM

4. Love Dylan; totally deserves it!

Oh the time will come up
When the winds will stop
And the breeze will cease to be breathin'
Like the stillness in the wind
'Fore the hurricane begins
The hours when the ship comes ind.

And the seas will split
And the ship will hit
And the sands on the shoreline will be shaking
Then the tide will sound
And the wind will pound
And the morning will be breaking.

Oh the fishes will laugh
As they swim out of the path
And the seagulls they'll be smiling
And the rocks on the sand
Will proudly stand
The hour that the ship comes in.

And the words that are used
For to get the ship confused
Will not be understood as they're spoken
For the chains of the sea
Will have busted in the night
And will be buried at the bottom of the ocean.

A song will lift
As the mainsail shifts
And the boat drifts on to the shoreline
And the sun will respect
Every face on the deck
The hour that the ship comes in.

Then the sands will roll
Out a carpet of gold
For your weary toes to be a-touchin'
And the ship's wise men
Will remind you once again
That the whole wide world is watchin'.

Oh the foes will rise
With the sleep in their eyes
And they'll jerk from their beds and think they're dreamin'
But they'll pinch themselves and squeal
And know that it's for real
The hour that the ship comes in.

Then they'll raise their hands
Sayin' we'll meet all your demands
But we'll shout from the bow your days are numbered
And like Pharaoh's tribe
They'll be drownded in the tide
And like Goliath, they'll be conquered.

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Response to SCRUBDASHRUB (Reply #4)

Thu Apr 26, 2012, 09:32 PM

5. That song is my political litmus test.

I measure ever politician's utterance against

"Then they'll raise their hands
Sayin' we'll meet all your demands"

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Thu Apr 26, 2012, 09:35 PM

6. Gordon Hirabayashi RIP

Honor those who challenge, as he did.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Thu Apr 26, 2012, 09:41 PM

7. All 13 are to receive the medal.

The list includes:

* Bob Dylan
* Tony Morrison
* Madeleine Albright
* Shimon Peres
* John Paul Stevens
* John Glenn
* Gordon Hirabayashi
* Dolores Heurta, civil rights activist for Mexican migrant workers
* John Doar, civil rights attorney who prosecuted the Watergate scandal
* William Foege, a physician and epidemiologist who helped eradicate smallpox
* Jan Karski, leader in the Polish Underground in WWII (died in 2000)
* Pat Summitt, all-time winningest college basketball coach (not just coach of women's teams -- of all teams!)
and my favorite,
* Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the iconic Girl Scouts group, which in its century-long existence has grown into the largest educational organization for girls and has had over 50 million members. She died in 1927.


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Response to Staph (Reply #7)

Thu Apr 26, 2012, 10:44 PM

10. This whole list is great. Surprised John Glenn didn't already have one. nt

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Thu Apr 26, 2012, 09:43 PM

8. Got to love the Toni Morrison.

I just finished rereading The Bluest Eye. Even her early work is so brilliant. She has done so much to educate the world about civil and human rights, culture and history.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Thu Apr 26, 2012, 09:46 PM

9. Props for naming Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girls Scouts

The GSA is a non-bigoted organization, and one that has adhered to Low's principles of teaching girls independence and self esteem.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Thu Apr 26, 2012, 11:21 PM

11. Delores Huerta, sí

I heard her speak a few years ago at an event for Southern Poverty Law Center, when they were releasing their film on César Chávez. She is remarkable and so elegant. It was a tremendously moving evening.

When are the awards? I always love to watch these live every year; I always cry.

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