The legendary singer-songwriter was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Monday.In the midst of his successful Songs in the Key of Life tour, Stevie Wonder, the legendary singer-songwriter who brought us such hits as “Isn’t She Lovely?” “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” “Living in the City” and “Superstition,” was one of 18 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Monday.
The prestigious award, the nation’s highest civilian honor, is given to those who have made significant contributions to society. Other recipients Monday included actress Meryl Streep; African-American professional golfer Charles Sifford; the late dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey; and civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney, who were murdered during Mississippi Freedom Summer in 1964.
President Barack Obama, who presented the awards during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, described Wonder as one of the most influential musicians in American history, saying that his music has messages of hope and healing and speaks of “love and loss, justice and equality, war and peace.”
Source: The Root | LOTTIE L. JOINER