2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients (12 images)

On April 26, 2012, President Obama announced 13 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. "Each of them has made a lasting contribution to the life of our Nation," Obama said. "They've challenged us, they’ve inspired us, and they’ve made the world a better place." Recipients not included in this gallery are former Assistant Attorney General John Doar, who fought to enforce civil rights in the 1960s; William Foege, a physician and epidemiologist who helped eradicate smallpox in the 1970s; Gordon Hirabayashi, a professor and advocate who openly defied the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II; and Jan Karski, an officer of the Polish Underground during World War II who was among the first to share with the world his eye-witness account of the Holocaust.
Updated: April 26, 2012 at 6:40 PM
2 of 9
Bob Dylan
Over a career spanning 50 years, Bob Dylan won 11 Grammys, wrote more than 600 songs and released 34 studio albums. His work had significant impact on the civil rights movement of the 1960s, and his songs have been recorded more than 3000 times by other artists. Left: Onstage in 1981 Right: In 2007. File/UPI/Grace Chiu
| License Photo