Friday, September 23, 2016

PHOTOS: President Obama Honors Arts and Humanities Medal Recipients

Washington, District of Columbia: President Barack Obama honored the recipients of the 2015 National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal at a ceremony in the East Room of The White House in Washington on Thursday.

Two of the honorees are from New Jersey. James McBride, of Lambertville in Hunterdon County, and Elaine Pagels, of Princeton in Mercer County, were both recipients of the National Humanities Medal. McBride, an author, was honored for "humanizing the complexities of discussing race in America" and Pagels, a Princeton University professor, was honored for "her study of ancient manuscripts and other scholarly work"

Other honorees included Mel Brooks, Berry Gordy, Audra McDonald, and Terry Gross.

Above: Mel Brooks receives the National Medal of Arts

Above: Berry Gordy hugs Mel Brooks after receiving his award

Above: Preston Whiteway accepts the National Medal of Arts on behalf of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center

Above: Louis Menand shakes President Obama's hand before accepting the National Humanities Award

Above: President Obama meets Elaine Pagels

Above: President Obama awards Elaine Pagels

Above: President Obama hugs Isabel Wilkerson

Above: President Obama waves to the crowd at the conclusion of the ceremony

Above: Berry Gordy at the conclusion of an interview

Above: President Obama meets members of the audience

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