Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will likely be honored on the prestigious Harvard University subsequent month, CBS Boston stories.
Kaepernick, Dave Chappelle and 6 different individuals will obtain the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal throughout the Hutchins Heart Honors occasion on Oct. 11.
The award is described as “Harvard’s highest honor within the area of African and African American research.”
“The medal honors those that have made vital contributions to African and African American historical past and tradition, and extra broadly, people who advocate for intercultural understanding and human rights in an more and more world and interconnected world,” the varsity mentioned in its announcement.
The 2018 Hutchins Heart Honors
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The information comes after Kaepernick was chosen to be part of Nike’s 30th Anniversary marketing campaign that featured the tagline “Consider in one thing, even when it means sacrificing all the things.”
The previous NFL participant has been a lightning rod of controversy since he started kneeling throughout the nationwide anthem earlier than soccer video games to protest police brutality.
Harvard acknowledged Kaepernick’s $1 million donation to totally different charities in a press launch, in accordance to CBS Boston.
As well as to Kaepernick and Chappelle, businessman Kenneth Chenault, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson, philanthropist Pamela Joyner, psychologist and creator Florence Ladd, social justice activist Bryan Stevenson and artist Kehinde Wiley will likely be awarded the medal.
“Within the yr of the 150th anniversary of his beginning, W. E. B. Du Bois can be pleased with the eight people being acknowledged at this yr’s Hutchins Heart Honors,” mentioned Henry Louis Gates Jr., who serves as the middle’s director.