Eight Black luminaries in sports, activism, entertainment, academia and beyond visit Harvard University today (October 11) to receive the W.E.B. DuBois Medal at the sixth annual Hutchins Center Honors.
The Associated Press reports that the Ivy League institution’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research awards the medal to people who make notable contributions to Black culture and history. It is named after sociologist and activist W.E.B. DuBois, the first Black scholar to earn a Ph.D from Harvard.
This year’s recipients include:
- Philanthropist, activist and former NFL player Colin Kaepernick
- Equal Justice Initiative founding executive director Bryan Stevenson
- Comedian and actor Dave Chappelle
- Author and psychologist Florence Ladd
- General Catalyst founding executive Kenneth Chenault
- Physicist and Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute president Shirley Ann Jackson
- Painter and presidential portraitist Kehinde Wiley
- Avid Partners founder, philanthropist and art collector Pamela Joyner
Watch the ceremony when it starts at 4 p.m. EDT: