September 14, 1964 - President Johnson awards Fr. Hesburgh the Medal of Freedom

Medal of FreedomFollowing Fr. Hesburgh's work with the Commission on Civil Rights, President Lyndon B. Johnson awarded Fr. Hesburgh the Medal of Freedom. This is the highest award the President can bestow upon a civilian.

Fr. Hesburgh was one of thirty recipients to be awarded the Medal of Freedom that day. Some of the others included Aaron Copeland, Walt Disney, Helen Keller, John Steinbeck, and Carl Vinson. When the awarded was presented to Fr. Hesburgh, President Johnson remarked "Educator and humanitarian, he has inspired a generation of students and given of his wisdom in the struggle for the rights of man."

President Johnson's remarks can be read on the The American Presidency Project website.

Keywords: medal of freedom, president johnson, father hesburgh, commission on civil rights, aaron copeland, walt disney, helen keller, john steinbeck, carl vinson

Posted On: 2015-03-11 00:25:02 by IrishTrpt07


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