The White House: Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony (Nov. 24, 2014) - jef1000

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Barack Obama, Michael Schwerner, Rita Bender

Slain civil rights worker Michael Schwerner's widow, Rita Bender (right) has just received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and a hug from President Barack Obama. President Obama awarded the highest civilian honor to 18 people including the families of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, who were killed in Mississippi in 1964, in a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on November 24, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Medal of Freedom is the country's highest civilian honor. James Chaney's daughter Angela Lewis, and Andrew Goodman's brother David sit to Ms. Bender's right. (Photo by Jeff Malet)

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