Bush to Confer Highest Civilian Medal to 10

Associated Press
Friday, December 8, 2006

President Bush announced yesterday the recipients of this year's Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award.

Those to be honored at a White House ceremony on Dec. 15 are:

· Ruth Johnson Colvin. The literacy advocate has traveled the globe to help people learn reading and language skills.

· Norman C. Francis. The president of Xavier University of Louisiana for nearly 40 years, he has also played a lead role in helping the people of the Gulf Coast recover from Hurricane Katrina.

· Paul Johnson. The historian and journalist is being honored for writings that have "captivated and educated people around the world."

· B.B. King. The singer and guitarist is considered the King of Blues and an American legend.

· Joshua Lederberg. The Nobel Prize winner for his work in bacterial genetics had also helped develop advanced computer technology, worked with NASA in the search for life on Mars, and been a scientific adviser to national policymakers.

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