2 Valley natives to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Two valley natives are among the 17 people who are set to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom next week.

Raúl Yzaguirre is a civil rights advocate who served as president of National Council of La Raza for 30 years. 

Yzaguirre was born in San Juan, where there is a middle school named for him.

Brownsville native Julieta García will also receive the award.

She is a former president of The University of Texas at Brownsville and the first Hispanic woman to serve as a college president.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian honor.


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