Kirsters Baish| Harvard University has announced that they will be honoring former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, along with seven honor honorees, next month at the Hutchins Center Honors ceremony.
It was just a couple of weeks ago that Nike revealed Kaepernick as the new face of their 30th anniversary advertising campaign, prompting backlash from tons of angry Americans. The anthem kneeler, who has expressed anti-cop sentiments in the past, will now be honored by Harvard when they present him with the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal, which the University calls its’ “highest honor in the field of African and African American studies.” The medal is named after civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois. Kaepernick will be awarded the medal at the event which is set to take place in Cambridge on October 11.
“The Hutchins Center Honors celebrates the innovators and trailblazers who seek, each in their own way, to nudge the arc of history toward justice,” the University stated in a news release in which they announced the honorees.
Harvard also stated that those receiving the award this year “have all had an outsized impact for the better on our society, our nation, and even our world.”
The eight honorees will receive their medals on what would have been W.E.B. Du Bois’ 150th birthday.
Those receiving the medals include actor/comedian Dave Chappelle, philanthropist Pamela Joyner, physicist Shirley Ann Jackson, businessman Kenneth Chenault, psychologist Florence Ladd, artist Kehinde Wiley, as well as activist Bryan Stevenson.
“The medal honors those who have made significant contributions to African and African American history and culture, and more broadly, individuals who advocate for intercultural understanding and human rights in an increasingly global and interconnected world,” Harvard University wrote.
The university claimed that Kaepernick’s work as a “philanthropist” earned him the award.
“Kaepernick has pledged to donate $1 million to ‘organizations working in oppressed communities,’” the university stated.
Western Journal reports that “Harvard also lauded his recent endorsement deal with Nike, which will allow Kaepernick to further fund such civil rights work.”
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