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

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Barack Obama, Charles Sifford

President Barack Obama (left) jokes about his own golf game with former professional golfer Charles Sifford (seated in right foreground) during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on November 24, 2014 in Washington, DC. The president presented the Medal of Freedom to Sifford. The Medal of Freedom is the country's highest civilian honor. Charles Sifford was a professional golfer who helped to desegregate the Professional Golfers’ Association, despite harassment and death threats. He started his life on the links as a caddy, and though he was formally excluded from the PGA for much of his career because of the color of his skin, he won six National Negro Opens. In 1960, he won his challenge over the PGA's "Caucasian only" membership policy. He went on to win official PGA events and the PGA Seniors’ Championship. He was inducted in the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2004 and received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of St. Andrews in 2006. (Photo by Jeff Malet)

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