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Thu Apr 26, 2012, 08:07 PM

Bob Dylan, Toni Morrison Among 13 Tapped for Presidential Medal of Freedom [View all]

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.

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