Obama to honor King, Kemp

Updated: July 30, 2009, 1:29 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 16 people, including political ally Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, tennis legend Billie Jean King and Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa.

The White House announced the list of recipients Thursday.

The medals are the first to be awarded by Obama and they represent the country's highest honor for a civilian. Obama will present the awards at a ceremony on Aug. 12. Other names on the list are: Race for ...

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