President Obama Awards Presidential Medals Of Freedom

May 29, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
Novelist Toni Morrison is presented with a Presidential Medal of Freedom
Novelist Toni Morrison is presented with a Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. President Barack Obama during an East Room event May 29 at the White House in Washington, D.C. The Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, is presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)