President Obama awarded 21 individuals with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for their contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural endeavors on Tuesday. The medal is the highest honor a civilian can receive. Among the honorees were Tom Hanks, Ellen DeGeneres, Michael Jordan, and Bruce Springsteen.
Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross was in attendance to watch her mother Diana Ross received her medal and the actress got some of the other recipients to participate in the Mannequin Challenge, the viral trend sweeping the county. “Look what I got everyone to do!” Ellis Ross posted on Instagram before identifying herself “in the pink dress laughing with Rita [Wilson, Hanks’ wife]! It’s the Mannequin Challenge, Presidential Medal of Freedom Edition at the White House!”
Ellis Ross got all of the recipients, including Kareen Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Gates, and Vin Scully, to pose for the Mannequin Challenge.
The large group posed inside the White House without the customary “Black Beatles” by Rae Sremmurd and instead opted for some quiet classical music.