The late Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii is one of 16 people President Barack Obama will honor later this year with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The White House announced the list Thursday.
Inouye is among musicians, scientists, activists to receive the honor.
Others include former President Bill Clinton, former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, women's rights activist Gloria Steinem, country music legend Loretta Lynn and broadcaster Oprah Winfrey.
Three including Inouye are receiving the award posthumously. The two others are astronaut Sally Ride and civil rights activist Bayard Rustin.
The president decides on the list of medal recipients after reviewing an advisory board's recommendations of individuals who have contributed to America's cultural, security and other public interests.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian honor. President John F. Kennedy created the medal of freedom in an executive order signed 50 years ago. The White House says more than 500 people have been honored.