Hutchins Center Honors

The W. E. B. Du Bois Medal is Harvard's highest honor in the field of African and African American studies. It is awarded to individuals in the United States and across the globe in recognition of their contributions to African and African American culture and the life of the mind. Recipients have included scholars, artists, writers, journalists, philanthropists, and public servants whose work has bolstered the field of African and African American studies.

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W. E. B. Du Bois Medal Recipients

Shirley Ann Jackson

Shirley Ann Jackson

W. E. B. Du Bois Medalist, 2018
President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Pamela Joyner

Pamela Joyner

W. E. B. Du Bois Medalist, 2018
MBA '84
Art Collector & Philanthropist
Florence Ladd

Florence Ladd

W. E. B. Du Bois Medalist, 2018
Director Emerita of the Bunting Institute & Professor
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
Richard D. Cohen

Richard D. Cohen

Vice Chair, National Advisory Board
Chairman, Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art
W. E. B. Du Bois Medalist, 2013 and 2015
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Maya Angelou

W. E. B. Du Bois Medalist, 2014
(awarded posthumously)
John Lewis

John Lewis

W. E. B. Du Bois Medalist, 2013 (received 2014)
Richard D. Cohen

Richard D. Cohen

Vice Chair, National Advisory Board
Chairman, Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art
W. E. B. Du Bois Medalist, 2013 and 2015
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Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham

Department Chair and Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African and African American Studies
Hutchins Center Executive Committee; Editor, African American National Biography
W. E. B. Du Bois Medalist, 2013
John Lewis

John Lewis

W. E. B. Du Bois Medalist, 2013 (received 2014)
Elizabeth Alexander

Elizabeth Alexander

W. E. B. Du Bois Medalist, 2019
Poet, Educator, and President of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Rita Dove

Rita Dove

W. E. B. Du Bois Medalist, 2019
Poet
Sheila C. Johnson

Sheila C. Johnson

W. E. B. Du Bois Medalist, 2019
Philanthropist, Co-Founder of Black Entertainment Television
Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah

W. E. B. Du Bois Medalist, 2019
Musical Artist, Producer, Actor
Robert F. Smith

Robert F. Smith

W. E. B. Du Bois Medalist, 2019
Philanthropist and Founder, Chairman & CEO of Vista Equity Partners

Previous Medalists - Du Bois Institute

2000

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2004

2005

Lawrence D. Bobo

Lawrence D. Bobo

Dean of Social Science and W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences
Hutchins Center Executive Committee, ex officio; Founding Editor, Du Bois Review
W. E. B. Du Bois Medalist, 2005

2006

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2008

2009