W. E. B. Du Bois Medal

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 short speech written. But it just didn't seem...

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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.

David Adjaye

Architect David Adjaye in the New Yorker

September 23, 2013

Architect for the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art featured in The New Yorker:

"The National Museum of African American History and Culture, on the Mall in Washington, D.C., is a little more than two years away from its scheduled opening. When I visited the site in June with David Adjaye, the Ghanaian-British architect who won an international competition in 2009 to design the building, it was a five-acre hole in the ground. Construction din made conversation impossible, so Adjaye asked the foreman to drive us to the other end, where we sat under...

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