Oprah Winfrey has added another honor to the long list she already holds. In a ceremony at the White House on Wednesday, Nov. 20, President Barack Obama added Oprah Winfrey and 15 others to the list of recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The group included sports champions and scientists, musicians and civil rights leaders, activists and journalists, media moguls and public servants.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom, established 50 years ago by President John F. Kennedy, is the nation’s highest civilian honor. The medal has been presented to more than 500 individuals who have made especially “meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
“These are the men and women who in their extraordinary lives remind us all of the beauty of the human spirit, the values that define us as Americans, the potential that lives inside of all of us,” President Obama said in a statement released by the White House.