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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Meryl Streep attends the 'My Old Lady' New York Premiere at Museum of Modern Art on September 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rommel Demano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 11: Actress Meryl Streep attends 'The Giver' premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on August 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Stevie Wonder, accompanied by his daughter, Aisha Morris, performs at a concert in San Diego to begin his first American tour since 1995 Thursday Aug. 23, 2007. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 05: Actress Meryl Streep speaks onstage during the 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jane Fonda at the Dolby Theatre on June 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California. Tribute show airing Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT on TNT. (Photo by Jason Merritt/WireImage)
Stevie Wonder poses backstage at the 7th annual BET Awards Tuesday, June 26, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Actress Meryl Streep attends the National Board of Review awards gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Meryl Streep arrives at The Weinstein Company's Los Angeles premiere of "August: Osage County" in partnership with Bombardier at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for The Weinstein Company/AP Images)
FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2012 file photo, Actress Meryl Streep uses her iPhone to get a photo of her and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton following the State Department Dinner for the Kennedy Center Honors gala at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File)
Singer Stevie Wonder pose on the press line at the Compound Entertainment pre-Grammy party in Los Angeles on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
Stevie Wonder, center, is presented with the American Troubadour Award by Smokey Robinson, left, and Tony Bennett during an event by The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers during an evening dinner and music celebration on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, March 13, 2007, in Washington. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
Entertainer and activist Stevie Wonder, left, the new U.N. Messenger of Peace, pauses during his speech as the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, right, is briefed about a security alert during the opening meeting of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities at the United Nations, Thursday Dec. 3, 2009. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Musician Stevie Wonder touches the bronze bust of himself done by sculptor Artis Lane that was presented to him prior to the 2006 Soul Train Awards in Pasadena, Calif. on Saturday, March. 4, 2006. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Ahmed Tibi, right, a close aide to PLO leader Yasser Arafat, drapes a black-and white checkered headscarf - a symbol of Palestinian nationalism, over the shoulders of American singer Stevie Wonder during their meeting in Jerusalem Friday Aug.25 1995. Wonder expressed hopes that soon Israelis and Palestinians can live in peace. (AP PHOTO/Harari)
FILE - In a Feb. 24, 2013, file photo Meryl Streep appears at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. John Wells’ “August: Osage County,” which stars Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, is among the 16 galas at the Toronto Film Festival , it was announced Tuesday, July 24, 2013. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, file)
Meryl Streep arrives before the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Meryl Streep, right, and Natalie Portman arrive for the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Stevie Wonder arrives for the 39th NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Stevie Wonder, left, is joined by Eddie Murphy to sing Wonder's song "Higher Ground" onstage during "Eddie Murphy: One Night Only," a celebration of Murphy's career at the Saban Theater on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision)
President Barack Obama presents Stevie Wonder with the Library of Congress Gershwin Award during 'Stevie Wonder In Performance at the White House: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize' in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Bonnie Raitt, left, Stevie Wonder, center, and Celine Dion present the award for record of the year at the 44th annual Grammy Awards, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2002, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
In this image released by Allied Marketing, actress Meryl Streep speaks at a screening of her upcoming movie "The Iron Lady" Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Allied Marketing via KC Photo, Greame Jennings)
Actress Meryl Streep reacts as she arrives on the red carpet of the 4th edition of the Rome Film Festival, in Rome, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009. Among the movies screening out of competition are "Julie & Julia," with Meryl Streep, and Joel and Ethan Coen's "A Serious Man." (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Actress Meryl Streep touches up her lipstick at Vivian Beaumont Theater in New York, March 6, 1980, prior to her appearance on the TV show "Omnibus." (AP Photo/Suzanne Vlamis)
George Michael, left, and Stevie Wonder perform "Living for the City" at the "4th annual VH1 Honors" Thursday night, April 10, 1997, in Universal City, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Actress Meryl Streep attends a premiere for 'Doubt' at the Paris Theatre on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Entertainers Stevie Wonder, left, and Robin Williams share the podium at the Democratic National Committee Gala in Washington Wednesday night, May 8, 1996. The event, attended by 3,000 people including President Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, raised a party record of $12.3 million on a single night. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
US singer Stevie Wonder performs at the Calling festival, in London, Sunday, June 29, 2014. Thousands of music fans are expected at the weekend's festival to see acts such as Aerosmith and Stevie Wonder. (Photo by Jim Ross/Invision/AP)
Actress Meryl Streep arrives at the Harvard Club before presenting Charles, Prince of Wales with the Harvard Medical School Center for Health and the Global Environment's 10th Anniversary Global Environmental Citizen Award Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007 in New York . A member of the center's board, Streep confessed during her comments that one of her goals as a child was to marry the Prince of Wales. (AP Photo/Pool, Chip Somodevilla)
Abigail Breslin, nominated for an Oscar for best actress in a supporting role for her work in "Little Miss Sunshine," right, greets Meryl Streep, nominated for an Oscar for best actress in a leading role for her work in "The Devil Wears Prada," as they arrive for the 79th Academy Awards Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Actress Meryl Streep arrives for the 79th Academy Awards Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Meryl Streep poses with the award she won for best actress in a musical or comedy for her work in "The Devil Wears Prada," at the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Monday, Jan. 15, 2007, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
In this image released by Hope for Haiti Now, Stevie Wonder is shown at "Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief", on Friday, Jan. 22, 2010 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jeff Kravitz/Hope for Haiti Now)
U.S actress Meryl Streep, left, and U.S actress Anne Hathaway pose for a photocall for their film "The Devil Wears Prada" by U.S director David Frankel at the 32nd American Film Festival in Deauville, Normandy, France, Saturday Sept. 9, 2006.(AP Photo/Michel Spingler)
U.S. actress Meryl Streep attends a photocall to present film 'A Prairie Home Companion' will be shown in the competition of the 56th Berlin Film Festival 'Berlinale' on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006. A total of 19 films from around the world compete for the festival's top Golden Bear award. The Berlin film festival takes place from Feb. 9 to Feb. 19, 2006. (AP Photo/ Jan Bauer)
Meryl Streep laughs backstage with her trophy for outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or a movie for her role in Angels in America at the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Sunday, Sept. 19, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Legendary musician Stevie Wonder, right, shares a laugh with Librarian of Congress James H. Billington during a news conference at the Library of Congress, Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, in Washington. President Barack Obama is scheduled to present Wonder with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song during a ceremony at the White House Wednesday. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
U.S. actor Denzel Washington, left, and actress Meryl Streep gesticulate during a photocall at the 61st edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, northern Italy, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004. Washington and Streep are in Venice to present their latest movie "The Manchurian Candidate" which will be shown out of competition. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)
FILE - This June 29, 2014 file photo shows singer Stevie Wonder performing at the Calling festival, in London. Wonder, Billy Joel and Garth Brooks are among a list of performers set to receive ASCAP Centennial Awards. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers announced Thursday that Joan Baez and Stephen Sondheim will also receive the top honor Nov. 17 at the Waldorf Astoria gala in New York. (Photo by Jim Ross/Invision/AP, File)
Stevie Wonder smiles as Sendero Group CEO Mike May speaks during a press conference headed by the National Federation of the Blind and Sendero Group, at the International Consumer Electronics Show, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Ronda Churchill)
American actress Meryl Streep shows her Honor Cesar film award during a photocall at the 28th Cesars film awards ceremony in Paris on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2003. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
American actress Meryl Streep smiles as she displays the Golden Berlin Camera as a present in love by the 49th International Film Festival in Berlin Saturday night, February 13, 1999. Meryl Streep presents her new film "One True Thing" wich is directed by Carl Franklin. "One True Thing" participates at the competition for the Golden and Silver Bear awards. (AP Photo/Hans Edinger)
Meryl Streep, nominated for best actress for her role in "One True Thing," arrives at the 71st Annual Academy Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Los Angeles Music Center, Sunday, March 21, 1999. (AP Photo/Dave Caulkin)
Actress Meryl Streep poses backstage with the award she received at the People's Choice Awards in Universal City, Calif., on March 10, 1990. (AP Photo/Doug Sheridan)
Stevie Wonder speaks about his hopes for products for the visually impaired during a press conference headed by the National Federation of the Blind and Sendero Group at the International Consumer Electronics Show Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/ Ronda Churchill)
US singer Stevie Wonder performs at the Calling festival, in London, Sunday, June 29, 2014. Thousands of music fans are expected at the weekend's festival to see acts such as Aerosmith and Stevie Wonder. (Photo by Jim Ross/Invision/AP)
Actress Meryl Streep autographs a clay print of her hand at her hotel in Antibes on the French Riviera, May 13, 1989. Streep's latest film "A Cry In The Dark," will be seen later today at the 42nd Cannes Film Festival. (AP Photo/Gilbert Tourte)
Actress Meryl Streep, in a 1979 photo. (AP PHOTO)
Actress Meryl Streep is accompanied by her husband Don Gummer as she arrives for the Academy Awards presentation in Los Angeles, Calif., April 14, 1980. Streep is nominated best actress in a supporting role for her work in "Kramer vs. Kramer." ( AP Photo)
American actress Meryl Streep and her co-star, British actor Jeremy Irons, pose together at London's Inn on the Park, England, in October 1981, prior to the opening of their film "The French Lieutenant's Woman,." (AP Photo)
First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton is joined by Jessica Lange, right, Meryl Streep and Ken Burns for a screening of Burn's new film on the suffrage movement at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999. Burn's film, "Not For Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony," is scheduled to air on PBS Nov. 7 and 8. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
"The Hours" stars, from left, Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman mingle at a screening of the film in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2002. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Musician Stevie Wonder performs at the BET Honors at the Warner Theatre on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009 in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
American singer Stevie Wonder performs during the Rock in Rio music festival, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Singer Stevie Wonder arrives at the inaugural LACMA Art + Film Gala in Los Angeles on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
Actresses Meryl Streep, left, and Barbra Streisand applaud on stage during a reunion of past Oscar winners during the 75th Academy Awards on Sunday, March 23, 2003, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
U.S. singer Stevie Wonder performs prior to receiving an honor award during the 25th Victoires de la Musique annual ceremony, France's top music awards, Saturday, March 6 , 2010, in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Actress Meryl Streep arrives at the premiere of "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2004. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Actress Meryl Streep arrives to the Fashion Group International's 22nd Annual Night of Stars, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005, in New York, where she was presenting fashion designer Valentino with the group's superstar award. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)
American pop singer Stevie Wonder grins as newsmen take note during an interview granted at a Paris large hotel, Thursday, July 5, 1984 following his successful concert at the Paris Bercy sports center, last Tuesday. Stevie Wonder is on a European tour all over the summer period. (AP Photo/Merliac)
Singers Stevie Wonder, left, and Ledisi perform a duet at the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial, in Washington, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Actress Meryl Streep and fashion designer Valentino arrive to the Fashion Group International's 22nd Annual Night of Stars, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005, in New York, where Streep was presenting Valentino with the group's superstar award. Streep is wearing a Valentino design. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)
US singer Stevie Wonder performs at the Calling festival, in London, Sunday, June 29, 2014. Thousands of music fans are expected at the weekend's festival to see acts such as Aerosmith and Stevie Wonder. (Photo by Jim Ross/Invision/AP)
Bassist Esperanza Spalding, left, and Stevie Wonder perform onstage during Stevie's 18th annual House Full of Toys Benefit Concert at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Dec. 21, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
Hunter Hayes, left, and Stevie Wonder perform at the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7, 2013. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2013 file photo provided by the United Nations, American recording artist Stevie Wonder records a public service announcement for the United Nations at United Nations headquarters in New York. Wonder, a United Nations Messenger of Peace, announced a concert will premiere simultaneously on BET, Centric, VH1 Soul, VH1 Classis and Palladia on Feb. 23. It originally took place at the General Assembly Hall at United Nations Headquarters last October. (AP Photo/United Nations, Mark Garten)
Stevie Wonder during press conference, Dec. 4, 1985. (AP Photo/Merlac)
Stevie Wonder and the Rickey Minor Band perform “Master Blaster”, “My Cherie Amour” and “Sir Duke” as a tribute to Dick Clark at at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Stevie Wonder, left, is joined by Eddie Murphy to sing Wonder's song "Higher Ground" onstage during "Eddie Murphy: One Night Only," a celebration of Murphy's career at the Saban Theater on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision)
FILE - This Nov. 4, 2012 shows singer Stevie Wonder performing at a campaign event for President Obama at the Fifth Third Arena on the University of Cincinnati campus in Cincinnati. President Obama released an official playlist through the digital music service Spotify on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2013. The list includes songs by Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, John Legend, Usher, fun. and other acts set to perform during various inauguration events. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Musician Stevie Wonder performs at the United Nations Day Concert hosted by BET Networks and Wonder Productions at the United Nations on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Donald Traill/Invision/AP)
Stevie Wonder smiles performs during the “In Performance at the White House” in the East Room of the White House Wednesday, May 9, 2012, in Washington, honoring songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David, recipients of the 2012 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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By JOSH LEDERMAN

BEIJING (AP) - Meryl Streep, Stevie Wonder and Tom Brokaw are among the latest Americans tapped to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, President Barack Obama announced Tuesday.

The performers and former NBC anchor will join 16 others at the White House on Nov. 24 for a ceremony marking their achievements. The medal is the highest honor granted to civilians in the U.S. and honors contributions to U.S. security, world peace and cultural achievement.

"From scientists who kept America on the cutting edge to public servants who help write new chapters in our American story, these citizens have made extraordinary contributions to our country and the world," Obama said in a statement from Beijing, where the president was traveling for an economic summit.

Musical theater composer Stephen Sondheim and actress Marlo Thomas will also receive the award. Choreographer Alvin Ailey, who died in 1989, will receive the medal posthumously. So will former Rep. Edward Roybal of California, who founded the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Those being honored include slain civil rights activists James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, who were killed during their work in an historic voter registration effort in Mississippi in 1964.

Rep. John Dingell of Michigan, the longest-serving congressman in American history, will receive the award, as will Ethel Kennedy, the widow of former Sen. Robert Kennedy. Native American activist Suzan Harjo and former Reps. Abner Mikva of Illinois and Patsy Takemoto Mink of Hawaii are also on the list.

Other recipients include author Isabel Allende, scientist Mildred Dresselhaus, golfer Charles Sifford and economist Robert Solow.

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