Bob Dylan among Medal of Freedom recipients

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 12: Musician Bob Dylan performs onstage during the 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards held at The Hollywood Palladium on January 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Bob Dylan performs onstage during the 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards on Jan. 12, 2012, in Los Angeles.

(CBS/AP) Bob Dylan is among this year's recipients of the Medal of Freedom, along with the first female secretary of state and a former astronaut. The Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian honor.

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This year's recipients also include former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, the first woman to hold the nation's top diplomatic post; John Glenn, the third American in space and the first American to orbit the Earth; and Dylan, the legendary musician.

"They've challenged us, they've inspired us and they've made the world a better place," said President Barack Obama in a statement about the honorees.

Among the other honorees:

  • John Doar, civil rights attorney.
  • William Foege, physician who led the campaign to eradicate smallpox.
  • Gordon Hirabayashi, who 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, an 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.

Mr. Obama will award the medals at the White House later this spring.