Former San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and who started to protest during the national anthem, will be receiving the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal at the sixth annual Hutchins Center Honors this year for his activism by Harvard University. Another awardee includes comedian Dave Chappelle:
W.E.B. Du Bois Medals will be presented to Colin Kaepernick, Dave Chappelle, Kenneth I. Chenault, Shirley Ann Jackson, Pamela J. Joyner, Florence C. Ladd, Bryan Stevenson, and Kehinde Wiley on Oct 11 https://t.co/H0IttulsjL
— Harvard University (@Harvard) September 20, 2018
According to the Harvard Gazette, Kaepernick, and others, will be receiving the medals for their “significant contributions to African and African-American history and culture” and for advocating “for intercultural understanding and human rights in an increasingly global and interconnected world.” The school cites his activism off the field as another reason for giving Kaepernick the award:
Kaepernick has pledged to donate $1 million to “organizations working in oppressed communities.” And, in a recent highly publicized endorsement deal with Nike — Believe in Something. Even if it Means Sacrificing Everything — the company has agreed to donate to Kaepernick’s “Know Your Rights” nonprofit organization.
After leaving the San Francisco 49ers in 2017, Kaepernick has yet to be picked up by another NFL team. He has since accused team owners of colluding to keep him out of the league due to the controversy surrounding his protest. He recently signed on to an ad deal with Nike, where he is the face of their newest “Just Do It” ad campaign.
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 5, 2018
“Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything,” he says in the ad. “Don’t ask if your dreams are crazy, ask if they’re crazy enough.”