The Presidential Medal of Freedom
Sidney Poitier resisted racial inequality in the entertainment industry, wrote the renowned book The Measure of a Man and became the first black man to win an Oscar® for Best Actor.
Sandra Day O'Connor
Sandra Day O'Connor defied gender odds and became the first female justice of the Supreme Court.
Dr. Pedro José Greer Jr.
Dr. Pedro José Greer Jr. has been a longtime advocate of providing medical care to the uninsured and founded the Camillus Health Concern for 10,000 poor and homeless patients a year.
Mary Robinson's past work as the United Nations high commissioner for human rights helped her to become Ireland's first female president.
Joe Medicine Crow
Joe Medicine Crow is considered a Crow Indian historian and, at 95 years old, is the last living Plains Indian war chief.
Muhammad Yunus founded Grameen Bank for the poor in Bangladesh and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his groundbreaking discovery of microlending.
Chita Rivera changed Broadway with her performing arts excellence and became the first Hispanic to win a Kennedy Center Honor and the first Latina to receive the Medal of Freedom.
Desmond Tutu, who fueled his anti-apartheid activism as the former Archbishop of South Africa.