W. E. B. Du Bois Medalists

Awarded since 2000, the Du Bois Medal is Harvard's highest honor in the field of African and African American Studies. It is awarded to individuals in the U.S. and across the globe in recognition of their contributions to African American culture and the life of the mind. Recipients have included scholars, artists, writers, journalists, philanthropists, and administrators whose work has bolstered the field of African and African American Studies.

2015

  • Muhammad Ali
  • Richard D. Cohen
  • Ethelbert Cooper
  • Marian Wright Edelman
  • Mellody Hobson
  • Eric Holder
  • Charlayne Hunter-Gault
  • Nasir "Nas" Jones
  • Carrie Mae Weems

2014

  • David Adjaye
  • Maya Angelou
  • Harry Belafonte
  • Ira Berlin
  • John Lewis
  • Steve McQueen
  • Shonda Rhimes
  • Harvey Weinstein
  • Oprah Winfrey

2013

    • Richard D. Cohen
    • Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham
    • Valerie Jarrett
    • Tony Kushner
    • John Lewis
    • Sonia Sotomayor
    • Steven Spielberg
    • David Stern
    • Donald Yacovone

    2009

    • Bob Herbert
    • Hugh M. "Brother Blue" Hill
    • Charlayne Hunter-Gault
    • Vernon E. Jordan, Jr.
    • Joanne Kendall
    • Frank H. Pearl
    • Daniel and Joanna S. Rose
    • Shirley M. Tilghman

    2008

    • Chinua Achebe
    • Richard Gilder
    • Ingrid Saunders-Jones
    • Donald E. Newhouse
    • Susan Newhouse
    • Richard L. Plepler
    • Tamara Robinson
    • Tavis Smiley

    2007

    • Melba Pattillo Beals
    • Elizabeth Eckford
    • Richard Gilder
    • Ernest G. Green
    • Barbara E. Johnson
    • Gloria Ray Karlmark
    • Carlotta Walls LaNier
    • Richard Musgrave
    • Albert Murray
    • Terrence Roberts
    • Jefferson A. Thomas
    • Minnijean Brown Trickey
    • Thelma Mothershed Wair
    • Vaughn Waters

    2006

    • Glenn Hutchins
    • Francois N’Sougan Albemagnon
    • Gerard Bissainthe
    • Aime Cesaire
    • Bernard Dadie
    • Rene Despestre
    • Moune  de Rivel
    • Mamadou Dia
    • Yande Christiane Diop
    • Marcelino Dos Santos
    • Manuel dos Santos Limas
    • Richard Gilder
    • Edouard Glissant
    • Douglas E. Harris
    • Kenneth Ingraham
    • Paulin Joachim
    • George  Lamming
    • Frederick A. Lucas, Jr.
    • Ferdinand Oyono
    • Marilynn S. Robinson
    • Assane Seck
    • Bachir Toure
    • Abdoulaye Wade
    • Hubert Walters
    • Dennis W. Wiley

    2005

    • Lawrence D. Bobo
    • Marcyliena Morgan
    • Nadine Gordimer
    • Wole Soyinka
    • Toni Morrison
    • Derek Walcott

    2004

    • Genevieve Fabre
    • Michel Fabre

    2003

    • Richard Newman

    2002

    • Cornel West K. Anthony Appiah

    2001

    • Harvey V. Fineberg

    2000

    • Sheila Biddle
    • Randall K. Burkett
    • C.T.W. Curle
    • Richard Ekman
    • Francesca E. Farmer
    • Clyde C. Ferguson
    • Alphonse Fletcher, Jr.
    • Diorita C. Fletcher
    • Daniel M. Fox
    • George W. Goethals
    • Peter Gomes
    • Leslie Skip Griffin
    • Ewart Guinier
    • Charles Jordan Hamilton, Jr.
    • Robert La Bret Hall
    • Alan Heimert
    • Jeffrey P. Howard
    • Octavia Hudson
    • Nathan I. Huggins
    • H. Stuart Hughes
    • Quincy Jones
    • Martin Kilson
    • Sewanyana G.M. Kironde, Jr.
    • Jeremy R. Knowles
    • Harry M. Lasker, III
    • Walter J. Leonard
    • Gerald Levin
    • Robert L. Listenbee, Jr.
    • Gary T. Marx
    • Genevieve McMillan
    • Dominique de Menil
    • Elvin Montgomery, Jr.
    • Donald E. Newhouse
    • Susan Newhouse
    • Godfred P. Otuteye
    • Martin Payson
    • Anne Peretz
    • Martin Peretz
    • Wesley E. Profit
    • Franklin D. Raines
    • Wendy F. Raines
    • Nancy Randoph
    • Daniel Rose
    • Joanna S. Rose
    • Henry Rosovsky
    • Neil L. Rudenstine
    • Ruth J. Simmons
    • Carl S. Sloane
    • Charles W.W. Smith
    • Werner Sollors
    • Eileen Southern
    • John D. Tyson
    • Craig Michael Watson
    • John W.M. Whiting
    • Preston N. Williams
    • Thomas Samuel Williamson, Jr.
    • Ernest J. Wilson, III
    • Cheryl Yvonne Wynn

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