President George H.W. Bush, Yo Yo Ma and Bill Russell are among this year's recipients.
President Obama honored the 2010 Medal of Freedom recipients on Tuesday.
The very special group, 15 in all, gathered at the White House to receive our nation's highest civilian award.
"This is one of the things that I most look forward to every year, the chance to meet with, and more importantly honor some of the most extraordinary people in America," President Obama said.
Heading the list of those receiving the Medal of Freedom, a man who's actually given the award, was former President George H.W. Bush.
One of our country's most celebrated poets, Dr. Maya Angelou, was honored for her work, as was the man most consider the world's greatest living cellist, musician Yo Yo Ma.
A pair of sports legends, baseball great Stan "The Man" Nusial and basketball star Bill Russell received the medal for their efforts both during competition and outside the games.
Another giant of the civil rights movement, Congressman John Lewis, was also a member of this distinguished group, along with investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett.