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Desmond Tutu given U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom for Human Rights

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President Barack Obama awarded the highest US civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 16 people described as agents of change. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is given to individuals who have made an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

South African cleric and activist and Nobel Laureate, Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu was one of the agents of change to receive the medal at the White House, in Washington DC. Other recipients of the medal were Veteran US Senator Edward Kennedy, Tennis player Billie Jean King, former Irish President Mary Robinson and British scientist Stephen Hawking.

Arch Bishop Tutu rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. President Obama described him as having “that sense of generosity, that spirit of unity, that essence of humanity that South Africans know simply as UBUNTU”.

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