The White House honors famous farmer

One of my heroes, Wendell Berry, was awarded the National Humanities Medal yesterday at the White House by President Obama.

Berry, 76, is a farmer and activist from Kentucky who has written more than 40 books. He just spent a long weekend  at a sit-in at the Kentucky state capitol with a group called “Kentucky Rising” to protest irresponsible mining practices. He removed many of his papers from the University of Kentucky in protest of the decision to name a dormitory after a mining company.

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Berry is the 20th person to receive the award. Other winners included Harper Lee, Joyce Carol Oates, James Taylor, and actress Meryl Streep. Berry received the Medal for achievements as a “poet, novelist, farmer and conservationist,” and for his career spent “exploring our relationship with the land and community.”

(Hat tip, Joseph; image via Kentucky Kernel)

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