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

Pam Grier

W.E.B. Du Bois Medal Recipient -2018
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Muhammad Ali

W.E.B. Du Bois Medal Recipient -2015
W.E.B. Du Bois Medal Recipient -2015

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

2000

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2001

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2004

2005

Lawrence D. Bobo

Lawrence D. Bobo

W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences
Chair of the Department of African and African American Studies
Founding Editor, Du Bois Review

2006

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2008

2009

2013

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

Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African and African American Studies
W.E.B. Du Bois Medalist, 2013
Editor, African American National Biography

2014

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Maya Angelou

W.E.B. Du Bois Medal Recipient - 2014
W.E.B. Du Bois Medal Recipient - 2014
(awarded posthumously)