Last month President Obama presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 17 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.”
I was delighted to see 6 women among this highly esteemed group and 2 are Brooklyn natives. For me it just doesn’t get any better.
President Obama & Bonnie Carroll Alex Wong/Getty Images
Former U.S. Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images
President Obama & Katherine Johnson NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
President Obama & Gloria Estefan NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
President Obama & Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images
President Obama & Barbra Streisand NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
It is truly an honor to salute:
Major Bonnie Carroll (Retired US Air Force), a public servant who has devoted her life to caring for our military and veterans.
Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm (posthumous), the first African-American woman elected to Congress, the first major-party African-American female candidate to make a bid for the U.S. presidency and Brooklyn resident.
Gloria Estefan, one of the first mainstream Hispanic artists to crossover between English and Spanish language music paving the way for countless other Latin artists to follow.
Katherine G. Johnson, a pioneer in American space history and a NASA mathematician whose computations have influenced every major space program from Mercury through the Shuttle program.
Senator Barbara Milkulski, who became the longest-serving female Senator in 2011 and the longest-serving woman in Congress and the first female Senator to chair the Senate Appropriations Committee in 2012.
Barbra Streisand world-famous singer, actor, director, producer and songwriter and one of the few performers to receive an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and a Tony. Ms. Streisand was born in Brooklyn, NY.
Brooklyn Legends is pleased to join the world in saluting all of this year’s Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients, especially My Magnificent 6. To learn more about this year’s honorees, please follow this link.
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