The Civil Writer Magazine

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is awarded

by the president of the United States "for

especially meritorious contribution to (1) the security or national interests of the United States, or (2) world peace, or (3) cultural or other significant public or private endeavors".

President Barack Obama presents a 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom to Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Lewis announced Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, that he has stage IV pancreatic cancer, vowing he will stay in office and fight the disease with the tenacity which he fought racial discrimination and other inequalities since the civil rights era when Lewis's skull was fractured, but he escaped across the bridge to Brown Chapel, the movement's headquarter church in Selma. Before Lewis could be taken to the hospital, he appeared before the television cameras calling on President Johnson to intervene in Alabama.

Lewis bears scars on his head from the incident.

President Donald Trump described conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh as the "greatest fighter," a "winner" and a charitable person when honoring him with the Medal of Freedom at the State of the Union. Trump did not, of course, make note of his past record of controversial, conspiracy-driven and racist comments on the air. Trump honored a man who for three decades has degraded women, made racist comments, and rewritten the history of slavery and the plight of Native Americans on his airwaves.

Limbaugh, who announced earlier this week that he has advanced lung cancer, now joins the ranks of a long list of entertainers, athletes, academics, activists and heads of state to receive the medal. The elite group includes Rosa Parks, a civil rights pioneer, Elie Wiesel, a Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor, and Mother Teresa, a literal saint. The White House says the medal is bestowed to "individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of America, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.