Harvard Awards Colin Kaepernick Its Highest Honor

Colin Kaepernick
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Next month, Colin Kaepernick will receive Harvard University’s highest honor in African and African American studies, the W.E.B. Du Bois medal. Kaepernick is one of seven honorees who will be receiving this along with Dave Chappelle; artist Kehinde Wiley (who painted the official portrait of president Barack Obama); Equal Justice Initiative Founder and Executive Director Bryan Stevenson; Kenneth I. Chenault; Chairman and Managing Director of General Catalyst; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson; Philanthropist and Founder of Avid Partners, LLC, Pamela J. Joyner; Psychologist and Author Florence C. Ladd.

The W.E.B. DuBois Honor is awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to African and African-American history and culture, as well those who advocate for intercultural understanding and human rights in an increasingly global and interconnected world.

Essentially, the honor recognizes those who are pioneers and trail blazers who look to change history for the better in the pursuit of justice.

All eight honors will join famous DuBois Medalists such as Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey and Civil Rights Leader Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.). The honor is for national and international figures “in recognition of their contributions to African and African American culture and the life of the mind.”

The ceremony will be held Oct. 11 at 4 p.m. in Sanders Theatre. Follow this link to learn more about the eight honorees.