Hutchins Center Honors

NYT op-ed

New York Times: 'Museums Need to Step Into the Future' by Darren Walker

July 26, 2019
America’s museums are more than repositories of ancient Greek statues and Renaissance paintings. They are guardians of a fading social and demographic order. On Thursday, Warren Kanders resigned from the board of the Whitney Museum of Art, after protests over his company’s sale of tear gas grenades that were reportedly used on asylum seekers. His case reveals the extent to which museums have become contested spaces in a rapidly-changing country.
Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson

W. E. B. Du Bois Medalist, 2018
JD '85, MPP '85, LLD '15
Founder / Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative
Florence Ladd

Florence Ladd

W. E. B. Du Bois Medalist, 2018
Director Emerita of the Bunting Institute & Professor
Pamela Joyner

Pamela Joyner

W. E. B. Du Bois Medalist, 2018
MBA '84
Art Collector & Philanthropist
Shirley Ann Jackson

Shirley Ann Jackson

W. E. B. Du Bois Medalist, 2018
President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Chappelle and Kaepernick

The Root: 'Harvard Honors Colin Kaepernick, Others With W.E.B. Du Bois Medal: ‘Love Is at the Root of Our Resistance’'

October 12, 2018

Alas, to be a fly on the wall at Memorial Hall at Harvard University Thursday afternoon.

The room’s very air would be perfumed with the sweet scent of black liberation and excellence as eight prominent, distinguished, and mostly freedom fighting African Americans received the University’s prestigious W.E.B. Du Bois Medal from the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research.

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