“I am humbled and truly honored to be chosen for this award by President Biden and feel as inspired and motivated as ever to continue this long history of fighting for the freedoms of all people. To quote Emma Lazarus, ‘Until we are all free, we are none of us free,'” 她补充说.
Biden’s list of awardees also includes religious clergy and social justice advocates, 包含: Sister Simone Campbell, who previously led the Catholic social justice organization NETWORK; Father Alexander Karloutsos, a priest who has provided counsel to several US presidents; Fred Gray, one of the first Black members of the Alabama State legislature since Reconstruction; Diane Nash, a civil rights organizer; and Raul Yzaguirre, a civil rights advocate and former US ambassador to the Dominican Republic.
Academy Award winning actor Denzel Washington will also receive the award.
There are former lawmakers on the list as well
, including former Wyoming Republican Sen. Alan Simpson and former Arizona Democratic Rep. 加布里埃尔·吉福德
Giffords, who became an advocate for gun violence prevention after she was shot in an assassination attempt in 2011, said in a statement that she’s “humbled and honored” to receive the medal.
“Since I was shot more than 11 几年前, my personal recovery journey has taught me that it’s not the setback that defines us: it’s how we respond to it. There have been no shortage of setbacks as I relearned how to talk and how to walk, just as there have been no shortage of setbacks in the fight for gun safety that I’ve dedicated my life to. And yet I’ve never lost hope,” 她说. “One of my reasons for hope sits inside the Oval Office today, elected to accomplish the near-impossible task of healing a divided nation.”
Other recipients include Dr
. Juliet Garcia
— the first Hispanic woman to serve as a college president
, Gold Star father Khizr Khan
, Sandra Lindsay
— a New York nurse who was the first American to receive a Covid-19 vaccine outside of clinical trials
, and Brigadier General Wilma Vaught
— one of the most decorated women in the history of the US military
The honorees have a variety of connections to Democrats and Biden world.
Laurene Powell Jobs, the founder of Emerson Collective and Steve Jobs’ 寡妇, donated more than $ 700,000 to the Biden Victory Fund in 2020.
, 辛迪·麦凯恩, was appointed by Biden to serve as the US Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture
. Biden appointed Khan to serve on the US Commission on International Religious Freedom last year
. And Garcia served on the Clinton and Obama transition teams for education
Giffords and the Giffords PAC endorsed Biden in
2020. And Trumka’s AFL-CIO endorsed Biden
, 太, with the late union leader saying just after the
2020 election that Biden’s
“path to the White House ran through America’s labor movement.
Biden’s called Sister Campbell a friend and Father Karloutsos has called the President
“his closest friend.
Simpson was a peer of Biden’s on the Senate Judiciary Committee
, 支持 the then-senator as he attempted to salvage his
1988 presidential campaign following a plagiarism scandal
根据白宫, Biden will present the awards on July 7 at the White House.
拜登 is a Medal of Freedom honoree himself
. Then-President Barack Obama surprised his vice president with the award in