W. E. B. Du Bois Medal

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
Du Bois Medal

Harvard Gazette: 'Eight to be honored as W.E.B. Du Bois medalists'

September 20, 2018
Athlete and activist Colin Kaepernick and activist and comedian Dave Chappelle are among the eight distinguished people who will receive the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal at the sixth annual Hutchins Center Honors presented by the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University.
2018 Oct 11

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



Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

Due to current ongoing litigation of Mr. Kaepernick, no video livestream was allowed of his remarks. Below is a transcript of his remarks:

Thank you. I'm not quite sure what to say after that. Thank you, that's amazing.

As I was sitting there, and I was thinking about what I was going to say up here, I had had a...

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Evelynn Hammonds, Ira Berlin wearing his Du Bois Medal, and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Historian and Du Bois Medalist Ira Berlin dies at 77

June 6, 2018
Ira Berlin, a historian who sifted through millions of documents to revive the voices of ordinary African Americans from the struggle for emancipation, and who helped demonstrate that slavery was a complex, ever-evolving institution at the core of American history, died June 5 at a hospital in Washington. He was 77.

Maya Angelou

W. E. B. Du Bois Medalist, 2014
(awarded posthumously)
Glenn H. Hutchins and Kara Walker

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

September 26, 2017

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.

David Adjaye

Architectural Digest: David Adjaye to Receive Harvard's W. E. B. Du Bois Medal

August 31, 2014

On Tuesday, September 30th, David Adjaye, principal of AD100 firm Adjaye Associates, will receive Harvard University's W. E. B. Du Bois Medal for outstanding work in the field of African and African American Studies. Fittingly, the medal, whose past recipients include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and author Chinua Achebe, will be awarded in the university' Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, the façade of which Adjaye designed.