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Harvard black culture awards to honor Kaepernick, Chappelle

Colin Kaepernick's legal team is expected to seek subpoenas for President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and other campaign officials relating to the quarterback's collusion case against the NFL, a source familiar with the ongoing grievance process has told CNN.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and comedian Dave Chappelle are among eight people being honored by Harvard University for their contributions to black history and culture, the university announced Thursday.

All eight recipients of the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal will be honored Oct. 11 by the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard.

“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 Hutchins Center said.

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. He has more recently been the centerpiece of an advertising campaign by Nike.

He has donated and helped raise millions of dollars for organizations fighting social injustice, and founded the Know Your Rights Camp.

Chappelle is a writer and producer who has appeared in several movies, hosted his own show on Comedy Central and earned a Grammy and two Emmys.

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, LLC; psychologist and author Florence Ladd; Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative; and artist Kehinde Wiley.

“Emerging from a variety of backgrounds and professions, each represents the quest for knowledge, freedom of expression, and pursuit of truth that are foundational to black history and culture, and that were foundational to Du Bois as a thinker and activist,” said Henry Louis Gates Jr., director of the Hutchins Center.

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Comment by El-Bull on September 21, 2018 at 10:19pm

Comment by El-Bull on September 21, 2018 at 10:14pm

Comment by cheryl on September 21, 2018 at 10:08pm

I love him.  Thank you for speaking up. He knows this is a society that not only discriminates, but also attempts to train the victim to accept it.  I educate everyone I know on what this is all about because when they news reports it most of the time, they don't tell the whole story.   Thank you Kaepernick.

Comment by mr1stroke on September 21, 2018 at 3:40pm
They have no idea the great things that are going to happen to that brother, they did not break him, he walked away and made white people feel stupid, they thought he was going to need them, like negros do, this is a true black man who sacrificed all, now he is rising, they are real afraid, the sad part he did not have the communities support, majority of thought he was crazy since he did not stand for that dollar, today negros are still not with him, they support the NFL and all its sponsors instead of boycotting them, in the mean time people on the other side of isle are protesting against him and every one who supported him

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