Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Yo Yo Ma - winner

The White House and President Obama will bestow the Presidential Medal of Freedom -- the country's highest civilian honor -- on 15 individuals, including cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The awards, which will be presented today, are intended to honor 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."
Other recipients include former President George H. W. Bush, slugger Stan "the man" Musial, German Chancellor Angela Merkel; Georgia congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis; Natural Resources Defense Council co-founder John Adams; poet Maya Angelou; investor Warren Buffett; artist Jasper Johns; Holocaust survivor Gerda Weissmann Klein; humanitarian activist Tom Little, who was killed in Afghanistan; civil rights activist Sylvia Mendez; Boston Celtics NBA legend Bill Russell; nonprofit leader and former Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith; and AFL-CIO chief John Sweeney.
Read more about it here.
Yo-Yo Ma will be performing with the Silk Road Ensemble next month, March 31st. Find out more here.

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