The former United States President, Barack Obama, headed to Boston Sunday in order to receive his John F. Kennedy Foundation’s yearly “Profile in Courage Award,” which is due to honor his many accomplishments achieved during the two terms he held in office despite intense political opposition.

“President Kennedy called on a new generation of Americans to give their talents to the service of the country,” Caroline Kennedy, the granddaughter of John F. Kennedy, said. She will be presenting the award during the ceremony, which will begin at 8:30 p.m. local time.

“With exceptional dignity and courage, President Obama has carried that torch into our own time, providing young people of all backgrounds with an example they can emulate,” said Kennedy in a recent statement.

She previously served as a U.S. ambassador in Japan during Obama’s administration.

The Award

Previous recipients of the award have included Presidents George H. W. Bush and Gerald Ford, Gabrielle Giffords, a former United States Representative who had survived an assassination attempt on her life, John McCain, former prisoner of war and U.S. Senator, as well as John Lewis, civil rights advocate and U.S. Representative.

The award derived the name through Kennedy’s book from 1957 which profiled eight senators in the US who had risked carreers by taking stands politically that were deemed unpopular.

Obama In 2017

Obama, who is a Democrat, recently reemerged in the public spotlight after Donald Trump, his successor, who is a Republican, strived to repel many of  Obama’s signature and most crucial policy achievements.

In the little amount of public appearances made by Obama this year so far, he has avoided mentioning anything about Trump. Instead, he urged the nation’s youth to continue to be politically active.

A week ago, he presented plans for the presidential library in Chicago to be built in his honor.