By: Richard Huang
On July 3, President Joe Biden will award the nation's highest
civilian honor–the presidential Medal of Freedom–to seventeen
Americans who demonstrate the power of possibilities and embody
the soul of the nation.
The seventeen people include both living and posthumous honorees
from fields ranging from sports to politics, such as Simone Biles and
The presidential award will be presented at the White House on July
Those who will be awarded by Biden “have overcome significant
obstacles to achieve impressive accomplishments in the arts and
sciences, dedicated their lives to advocating for the most vulnerable
among us, and acted with bravery to drive change in their
communities – and across the world – while blazing trails for
generations to come,” The White House said in a statement.
The medal is presented to the people who have made exemplary
contributions to the prosperity, values, or security of the United
States, world peace, or other significant societal, public or private
endeavors, the White House said.
Simone Biles is the first honoree on the list. “She is the most
decorated American gymnast in history,” says the White House.
“with a combined total of 32 Olympic and World Championship
medals. Biles is also a prominent advocate for athletes’ mental
health and safety, children in the foster care system, and victims of
Fred Gray, who is now at 91 years of age, was one of the first black
members of the Alabama State legislature since Reconstruction.
During the Montgomery bus boycott, Gray's leadership and legal
counsel played a crucial role in the successful desegregation of
The fifth person on the list is perhaps the most well-known
entrepreneur in America, Steve Jobs. was the co-founder, chief
executive, and chair of Apple, Inc., CEO of Pixar and held a leading
role at the Walt Disney Company. “His vision, imagination and
creativity led to inventions that have, and continue to, change the
way the world communicates, as well as transforming the computer,
music, film and wireless industries.” The White House commented.
The rest of the 14 people are:
-Sister Simone Campbell
-Father Alexander Karloutsos
-John McCain (posthumous)
-Richard Trumka (posthumous)