Mindy Kaling, an Indian-American actress, receives National Humanities Medals from President Biden
During a White House event, US President Joe Biden awarded Mindy Kaling, an Indian-American actress and producer, with the esteemed 2021 National Humanities Medals in appreciation for giving voice to a new generation of storytellers.
The highest honor bestowed by the US government for artists, art supporters, and organizations is the National Medal of Arts. It recognizes deserving people and organizations that, by their eminent accomplishments, encouragement, or sponsorship, have improved the arts in America and inspired others.
presenting the actress with the prize Kaling is the first woman of color to develop, write, and appear in a primetime comedy, according to First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, who made the announcement on Tuesday at the event attended by Vice President Kamala Harris, the Second Gentleman, and the First Lady.
He continued by saying that the 43-year-old actress inspires a younger generation to share their tales honestly and irreverently.
"We're all aware that she's an Indian immigrant's daughter. The US President said, "Our Vice President is a daughter of Indian immigrants, whose mother was a famous scientist.
"Most importantly, she is a loving mother and a diligent worker, just as her own mother was. Mindy, we also know that your mother is always with you in spirit. We are aware of it, said Biden.
The citation of Kaling's honor, subsequently delivered by a military assistant, noted, "Imbued with humor and compassion, Mindy Kaling's work across television, cinema, and books inspires and delights, portraying and enhancing the realities of women and girls throughout our country.
The award recognizes people or organizations whose efforts have advanced the public's knowledge of the humanities and increased citizens' interest in philosophy, history, literature, and other humanities fields.
Judith Francisca Baca, Fred Eychaner, Jose Feliciano, Gladys Knight, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Antonio Martorell-Cardona, Joan Shigekawa, Bruce Springsteen, Vera Wang, The Billie Holiday Theatre, and the International Association of Blacks in Dance were the other 11 recipients of the distinguished medals.
The National Humanities Medal was awarded to Richard Blanco, Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Walter Isaacson, Earl Lewis, Henrietta Mann, Ann Patchett, Bryan Stevenson, Amy Tan, Tara Westover, Colson Whitehead, and Native America Calling.