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Summitt awarded Medal of Freedom

President Obama presents Summitt, 12 others nation's highest civilian honor

Originally Published: May 29, 2012
By Mechelle Voepel | espnW

WASHINGTON -- In 1963, John F. Kennedy established the Presidential Medal of Freedom as it is currently defined: the highest honor any civilian can receive in the United States. That same year, Bob Dylan released "Blowin' In the Wind." Toni Morrison was teaching at her alma mater, Howard, and thinking of her first novel.

John Glenn was still being feted as the first American to orbit the Earth, which he'd done the previous year. John Doar was assistant attorney general and a calming ...

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