Colin Kaepernick to receive medal from Harvard

Colin Kaepernick is among eight people announced to be honored by Harvard University next month.

The former NFL quarterback, activist, and Nike spokesperson will be awarded the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal, which is described as “Harvard’s highest honor in the field of African and African American studies.”

CBS Boston obtained a statement from the Hutchins Center.

“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 the statement.

Another notable name joining Kaepernick in accepting this year’s award is comedian Dave Chappelle.

Kaepernick hasn’t played an NFL game since 2016. That season he began kneeling during the playing of the national anthem before games in protest of police brutality disproportionally affecting African Americans throughout the country. President Donald Trump and his followers incorrectly label the protest as an affront to the United States flag.

Earlier this year sports apparel giant Nike announced Kaepernick as the face of its revamped “Just Do It” campaign. Check out the ad below.


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