Dave Chappelle and Colin Kaepernick Recognized For Efforts Moving African-American Culture Forward
Colin Kaepernick and Dave Chappelle are expected to be honored with the W.E.B. Du Bois Medals from Harvard University during the sixth annual Hutchins Center Honors, which is being presented by the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research. These two prominent African-American activists are among a group of six others who are being recognized for their,
significant contributions to African and African-American history and culture, and more broadly, are individuals who advocate for intercultural understanding and human rights in an increasingly global and interconnected world.
Henry Louis Gates Jr., the director of the Hutchins Center, spoke about the award recipients for 2018,
In the year of the 150th anniversary of his birth, W.E.B. Du Bois would be proud of the eight individuals being recognized at this year’s Hutchins Center Honors. Emerging from a variety of backgrounds and professions, each represents the quest for knowledge, freedom of expression, and pursuit of truth that are foundational to black history and culture, and that were foundational to Du Bois as a thinker and activist.
Kaepernick will not only be known “Citizen of the Year,” but he will also be remembered as the man who turned the NFL league upside down. In 2016, the free agent started taking a kneel during the national anthem as a form of silent protest. Chappelle, who is widely known for his hit sketch comedy show The Chappelle Show, has spoken about fighting against the resistance and has found a way to combine the reality of America in 2018 within his comedy.
The other six honorees to be honored are Kenneth I. Chenault, Shirley Ann Jackson, Pamela J. Joyner, Florence C. Ladd, Bryan Stevenson, and Kehinde Wiley. There ceremony will take place in early October.