The presidential Medal of Freedom is pretty big deal. You only get it if you’ve distinguished yourself in someway that has really benefited all Americans. So when two native born Brooklynites get the award then it’s mighty special.
This year mixed in with a sportsman, social campaigners, a film director and a musician were Barbra Streisand, acclaimed actress and Rep Shirley Chisolm political activist.
Barbra Streisand, no longer lives in NYC but she was born in Brooklyn and much of her career took place here. She’s an Academy award winner and a shining star of stage and screen who’s soaring voice and great acting ability ahve made her a legend. Now 73 and much decorated and awarded for her many achievements, she is indeed a worthy New Yorker to stand beside the other recipients of this award.
Rep Shirley Chisholm, also a Brooklynite received her award posthumously. She was the first African-American woman to be elected to Congress and was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus. Brooklyn Daily Eagle
She represented the 12th Congressional district in new York and she was also the first Black candidate from a major party to stand for nomination as President of the United States. For all of her life as a Congresswoman she worked to help women, children and veterans and she certainly supported legislation that benefited all Americans. She was another worthy recipient of this award and New Yorkers can be proud that two such distinguished women had their start in this great City.