Among others, Bob Dylan gets Medal of Freedom

Molly Novak

Bob Dylan, Madeleine Albright and John Glenn are all recipients of the nation's highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom.

This year's medals will be given at the White House by President Barack Obama later this spring, reported the Associated Press.

Albright is a former Secretary of State and the first woman to hold the post. Glenn is the third American in space, the first one to orbit Earth. And Bob Dylan is known as a legendary musician.

According to the Associated Press, Obama said in a statement: "They've challenged us, they've inspired us and they've made the world a better place."

Associated Press reported other honorees:

– John Doar, civil rights attorney.

– William Foege, physician who led the campaign to eradicate smallpox.

– Gordon Hirabayashi, openly defied the forced relocation and internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

– Dolores Huerta, civil rights workers and women's advocate.

– Jan Karski, officer in the Polish Underground during World War II and one of the first people to provide accounts of the Holocaust to the world.

– Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts.

– Toni Morrison, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist.

– Shimon Peres, Israeli president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

– John Paul Stevens, former Supreme Court Justice.

– Pat Summitt, former women's basketball coach at the University of Tennessee.