Cicely Tyson, Diana Ross & Other Black Women Who’ve Received Presidential Medals Of Freedom

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Known as Africa’s “Iron Lady,” Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush in 2007 for her work to bring justice to the people of Liberia, a campaign that had, at one time, resulted in her imprisonment. In 2005, she was elected President of Liberia. Bush presented her the Medal of Freedom for improving the lives of people in Liberia and across Africa.

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