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

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Barack Obama, Patsy Mink, Wendy Mink

The late Hawaii Congresswoman Patsy Mink was posthumously honored with a Presidential Medal of Freedom. President Obama presented the medal to Mink's daughter, Wendy, at the White House during 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. The following citation accompanied Mink's award and was read aloud during the ceremony: "Patsy Takemoto Mink was ahead of her time. The first woman of color elected to Congress, she entered office determined to do all she could to ensure equal treatment for every American, regardless of race or sex. She co-authored Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, guaranteeing equal educational opportunities for women. She was a forceful advocate for civil rights legislation and for a sensible end to the Vietnam War. She served her beloved Hawaii with integrity and grace all her life. An American trailblazer, Patsy Takemoto Mink helped build a nation that lives up to its promise, and her example challenges us to make progress in our time." (Photo by Jeff Malet)

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