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Colin Kaepernick To Receive Harvard's W.E.B. Du Bois Medal

Colin Kaepernick To Receive Harvard's W.E.B. Du Bois Medal

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Just a few weeks after being named the face of Nike's 30th "Just Do It" campaign, Colin Kaepernick has been announced as one of the recipients of Harvard University's 2018 W.E.B. Du Bois medals. As stated on the Ivy League's website, the medal is considered its "highest honor in the field of African and African American studies." 

“The medal honors those who have made significant contributions to African and African American history and culture, and more broadly, individuals who advocate for intercultural understanding and human rights in an increasingly global and interconnected world," the university said in a press release

In addition to Kaepernick, who started his protest against racial injustice and police brutality back in 2016 when he decided to take a knee during the playing of the national anthem, the other award recipients include artist Kehinde Wiley, comedian Dave Chappelle, business executive Kenneth Chenault, philanthropist Pamela Joyner, social justice activist Bryan Stevenson, psychologist and author Florence Ladd, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson. 

"In the year of the 150th anniversary of his birth, W. E. B. Du Bois would be proud of the eight individuals being recognized at this year’s Hutchins Center Honors," center director Henry Louis Gates Jr. said in a statement. 

The honorees are set to receive the medals at the sixth annual Hutchins Center Honors ceremony, which will be presented by the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University on October 11.