Harvard University plans to honor Colin Kaepernick, along with seven others, with the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal on October 11, 2018. The University considers this award to be the “highest honor in the field of African and African American studies.”
Harvard awards the W.E.B. Du Bois medal to those who have made a significant contribution to African and African American history and culture.
“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,” the university said in a statement.
Colin Kaepernick will be joined by others like comedian Dave Chappelle, Kehinde Wiley, Kenneth Chenault, Shirley Ann Jackson, Pamela Joyner, Florence Ladd and Bryan Stevenson as Harvard University W.E.B. Du Bois award winners.
“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,” said center director, Henry Lewis Gates Jr. in a statement.
The announcement from one of the most prestigious campuses in the world comes only a couple weeks after Nike made Kaepernick the face of their new campaign.
Kaepernick has become the official spokesman for their “Just Do It” campaign, while remaining jobless and absent from NFL rosters for more than two years.
The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback became the face of the campaign solely based on the premise of “people overcoming obstacles,” like injuries, disabilities and life troubles.
Nike’s slogan and overall symbol for their campaign featuring Kaepernick boasted the words “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.”
Since Nike’s “Just Do It” commercial aired nationally, we have seen multiple groups and associations launch protests against Colin Kaepernick and Nike. Boycotts of the brand have grown and spread nationwide through police groups, multiple colleges, general football fans and even President Trump.
Colin Kaepernick, the ex-NFL QB, became known for kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem. His reasoning behind the kneeling was intended to protest law enforcement, and the general treatment of black people in America.
Kaepernick has divided the country into those who support him, and those who absolutely refuse to let someone disrespect the national anthem, our military, and our country, while remaining the spokesman for an ad about sacrifice.