Hutchins Center Honors presents the W. E. B. Du Bois Medal Ceremony

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Culture Type: 'Kara Walker Among 8 Recipients of Harvard University’s Annual Du Bois Medal'

AFTER CAUSING A STIR when she announced the lengthy, provocative title of her latest exhibition at Sikkema Jenkins, Kara Walker is being honored with a W.E.B. Du Bois Medal from Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African & African American Research. Walker is among eight recipients of the 2017 award, including filmmaker Ava DuVernay, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, and Ford Foundation President Darren Walker, who worked with Agnes Gund to establish an Art for Justice Fund that supports criminal justice reforms aimed at reducing mass incarceration.

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Harvard Gazette: "Black lives, in focus"

Amid the Black Lives Matter movement, as the first African-American president finishes his second term, the inspirational writings of W.E.B. Du Bois resound, as relevant as ever. On Thursday, as eight new recipients of the Du Bois Medal were feted, presenters and honorees alike related the great man’s writing in anecdotes both personal and political.

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Boston Globe: "Pam Grier among those honored at Harvard"

Grier, the queen of ’70s blaxploitation cinema, was joined on stage by fellow honorees Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox; pioneering hip-hop artist Lana “MC Lyte” Moorer; Harvard senior Admissions Officer David Evans; David Lattin and Willie Worsley of the 1966 Texas Western Miners men’s basketball team (the first team with an all-black starting lineup to win the NCAA basketball national championship); and David Simon, writer and producer of “Homicide: Life on the Street” and creator of the acclai

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