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    Obama awards Maya Angelou with Medal of Freedom: He quoted Angelou, saying, "History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again," and bent down to kiss her cheek as he presented her with the medal.

  • A. Irie

    #BarackObama and #MayaAngelou #RIP

  • ❤️Mz. Fashionista♥

    On February 15, 2011, President Barack Obama awarded Dr. Maya Angelou with America’s highest civilian honor — a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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