NBC News’ Tom Brokaw is among this year’s 19 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s top civilian honor, reports NBC News.
President Barack Obama unveiled the list of recipients Monday, with the list including actress Meryl Streep, activist and actress Marlo Thomas and musician Stevie Wonder. The award will be presented to the recipients in a White House ceremony on Nov. 24.
In a statement, Obama said: “I look forward to presenting these 19 bold, inspiring Americans with our nation’s highest civilian honor. From activists who fought for change to artists who explored the furthest reaches of our imagination; from scientists who kept America on the cutting edge to public servants who help write new chapters in our American story, these citizens have made extraordinary contributions to our country and the world.”
Others on the list include choreographer Alvin Ailey, who will be honored posthumously; novelist Isabel Allende; Rep. John Dingell; human rights activist Ethel Kennedy; and composer Stephen Sondheim.
Also to be honored are three civil rights activists who were murdered in 1964 during “Freedom Summer” in Mississippi: James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner.