Washington, DC -- President Obama is set to present this country's highest civilian honor to 15 people, this week. One of them lives here in the Triad.
Dr. Maya Angelou will be honored in this year's Medal of Freedom Ceremony. Dr. Angelou, aside from being an award winning author and poet, is a professor at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem.
The entire list of honorees is as follows: former President George H. W. Bush, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Congressman John Lewis, Natural Resources Defense Council co-founder John Adams, poet and activist Maya Angelou (Winston NC native), Warren Buffet, Artist Jasper Johns, Holocaust survivor and activist Gerda Weissmann Klein, Dr. Tom Little (posthumous) who was killed in Afghanistan, Musician/cellist Yo-Yo Ma, former Boston Celtic basketball player Bill Russell, Baseball Hall of Famer Stan Musial, and former AFL-CIO President John Sweeney.
The president will present the awards, Tuesday.
Associated Presss, WFMY News 2