Muhammad Yunus to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Muhammad YunusWashington, July 31, 2009 — RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund extend heartfelt congratulations to Professor Muhammad Yunus, founder and managing director of the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh and longtime RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund board member, on the announcement that he will be awarded the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom. The White House made public yesterday that Professor Yunus will be one of the sixteen recipients of the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. Professor Yunus will receive the award from President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony on August 12, 2009.

Other 2009 recipients of this honor along with Professor Yunus include: Mary Robinson, first female president of Ireland and former United Nations high commissioner for human rights, and Desmond Tutu, emeritus archbishop of Cape Town and lifelong human rights activist.

The Medal of Freedom recognizes a diverse set of achievements and contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, and to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

Read the official White House press release on the Presidential Medal of Freedom.