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Colin Kaepernick Honored With Harvard's 'W.E.B. Du Bois' Medal

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Oct 12, 2018

Former NFL quarterback, Colin Kaepernick was honored and awarded Harvard's W.E.B. Du Bois Medal. The medal is considered a prestigious award.

"Harvard's highest honor in the field of African and African American studies." 

Presented to esteemed dignitaries for their contributions towards the progression and elevation of melanin people.

"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."

The ceremony was streamed live but when Colin Kaepernick took to the stage, his acceptance speech was not recorded at Kaepernick request.

And it was announced for all media recording to cease.

"Due to the current litigation of W.E.B. Du Boss medalist Colin Kaepernick," the stream read, "no press photography or video livestream will be allowed of his remarks."

However, a transcript of Colin Kaepernick speech was released.


In it, Kaepernick emphasized about one's responsibility of power, position and privilege in utilizing it as a stepping stone to inspire and empower their communities.

"I feel like it's not only my responsibility, but all our responsibilities as people that are in positions of privilege, in positions of power, to continue to fight for them and uplift them, empower them."

Kaepernick continued his speech, reflecting on an experience that inspired him to take responsibility and make a difference. Colin Kaepernick begin taking a knee during NFL games, to protest against police brutality and injustice. This was in 2016 and it led to Colin filing a collusion grievance against the NFL and Kaepernick being a free agent.

Colin Kaepernick is one of eight recipients that was bestowed the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal by Harvard University. Comedian Dave Chappelle (pictured below) and artist Kehinde Wiley are among the recipients.

Including: chairman and a managing director of General Catalyst - Kenneth Chenault, psychologist and author - Florence Ladd, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Ann Jackson, founder of Avid Partners, LLC - Pamela Joyner; and founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative - Bryan Stevenson.

Congratulations to all!