U.S. President Barack Obama has awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, to 16 people who have made a difference in the nation and the world. They come from diverse backgrounds, but have one trait in common.
The list of recipients includes activists, scientists, actors, humanitarians and athletes
President Obama says they are all agents of change. “They remind us that we each have it within our power to fulfill dreams, to advance the dreams of others, and to remake the world for our children,” he said.