DETROIT, Sept. 28, 2021 — State Rep. Cynthia A. Johnson (D-Detroit) is calling for President Joe Biden to honor civil rights attorney and activist Fred D. Gray with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

“It’s hard to believe a man like Fred Gray has not received the Presidential Medal of Freedom,” Johnson said. “It’s even more shocking when you think about the racists and bigots who have received this honor over someone who fought for justice and equality his entire life. As an attorney and civil rights activist, Mr. Gray spent his life defending the rights of Black people and played a pivotal role in giving us the voice we have today. Granting him the Presidential Medal of Freedom is one small act to show America’s appreciation for his integrity and bravery.” 

The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, is awarded by the president of the United States to recognize people who have made an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public, or private endeavors.