by April Watts (Photos by Shevry Lassiter)
On February 15, 2011, President Barack Obama bestowed the Medal of Freedom upon 15 recipients including President George H.W. Bush, poet Maya Angelou, NBA legend Bill Russell, investor Warren Buffett and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civilian honor.
Read the complete list of 2011 Medal of Freedom recipients.
View photos from the 2011 Medal of Freedom Ceremony