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Obama To Receive 2017 JFK Profile In Courage Award Sunday Night03:56
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Barack Obama speaks during his presidential farewell address at McCormick Place in Chicago, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)
Barack Obama speaks during his presidential farewell address at McCormick Place in Chicago, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)
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Former President Barack Obama will receive the 2017 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Sunday night.

The Profile in Courage Award, based on JFK's 1957 book of the same name, is given annually to someone who is seen as having taken a stance on an issue in a way that was beneficial to the public good.

Obama will be the third former president to receive a Profile in Courage Award, following George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford.

WBUR will broadcast the ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Dorchester beginning at 8:20 p.m. The ceremony begins at 8:30 p.m.

Kennedy Library Foundation Executive Director Steven Rothstein joined WBUR's Weekend Edition Sunday to discuss the night's events.

This segment aired on May 7, 2017.

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