Harvard gives Black culture awards to Kaepernick, Chappelle

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick was among the eight honorees during W.E.B. Du Bois Medal ceremonies at Harvard University in Massachusetts on Thursday.

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and comedian Dave Chappelle are among eight people being saluted by Harvard University for their contributions to Black history and culture.

The eight recipients of the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal were honored Thursday afternoon by the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard.

Kaepernick, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers, created a firestorm when he began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 to protest police brutality and social injustice.

The other honorees are Kenneth Chenault, chairman and a managing director of General Catalyst; Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Pamela Joyner, founder of Avid Partners; Florence Ladd, a psychologist and author; Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative; and Kehinde Wiley, a portrait artist based in New York.