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Dr. Maya Angelou

In 2010, President Obama invited Angelou to the White House to present her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Before that she received a National Medal of Arts from President Clinton in 2000 and the Lincoln Medal in 2008. During the presentation of the award, you can see that Dr. Angelou was visibly moved as President Obama kissed her on the cheek after placing the medal around her neck.

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