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2017 Courage Award! Barack Obama to receive one of America’s highest honors

The Kennedy Library Courage Award will be granted to Obama in 2017

This prestigious prize has been given annually since 1990

Policies the former U.S. president will be recognized for are Obamacare, Cuba and global warming

The prestigious Courage Award, which the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation in Boston gives out annually, will be presented in 2017 to former U.S. president, Barack Obama.

The institution gives the prize to people working in the public sector, who made conscientious decisions, not caring if that implied consequences for themselves, personally or professionally.

The Library announced it was giving the award specifically for his Obamacare expansion, his leadership on climate change and starting diplomatic relations with the George W Bush, black civil rights leader John Lewis, and groups such as the public servants of September 11, as well as the people of Egypt from the Arab Spring.

Obama announced he was “humbled to be recognized by a family with a legacy of service,” referring to the Kennedys.

Caroline Kennedy and her son Jack Schlossberg, both daughter and grandson of the late U.S. president John F. Kennedy, are the ones in charge of handing out the trophy, which is a sterling silver lantern designed by Ms Kennedy’s husband.

Statement by the Governor of Connecticut, with regard to the prize:

The award ceremony will be on May 7, at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.

“President Kennedy called on a new generation of Americans to give their talents to the service of the country. With exceptional dignity and courage, President Obama has carried that torch into our own time,” Caroline Kennedy stated.

The prize is named after Kennedy’s famous Pulitzer Prize-winning book Profiles in Courage, which was originally published in 1957, and related the stories of several senators from the U.S. who risked –or lost– their careers, for taking unpopular stances on controversial issues of their times.



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