Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick received an award from Harvard University in recognition for his work for the black community.
Kaepernick was one of eight individuals to receive the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal.
ABC News reports:
Kaepernick and comedian Dave Chappelle headlined a list of eight individuals who received the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal at Harvard’s Hutchins Center for African & African American Research.
Joining Kaepernick and Chappelle, as reported by ABC Boston station WCVB-TV, were Kenneth Chenault, the chairman of General Catalyst; Shirley Ann Jackson, the president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Pamela Joyner, the founder of Avid Partners; Florence Ladd, a psychologist and author; Bryan Stevenson, the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative; and Kehinde Wiley, an artist.
Harvard promoted the award honorees on Twitter:
Last night at Sanders Theatre, Colin Kaepernick, Dave Chappelle, Pamela J. Joyner, Bryan Stevenson, Shirley Ann Jackson, Florence C. Ladd, Kenneth I. Chenault, and Kehinde Wiley were honored with the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal https://t.co/xzFe4aBf2v pic.twitter.com/Lrc7wMrCNm
— Harvard University (@Harvard) October 12, 2018
The Harvard Gazette wrote about the event:
With powerful, poignant speeches from presenters and honorees alike, this year’s W.E.B. Du Bois Medal awards felt more like a gospel church service-cum-rock concert than an academic award ceremony.
Athlete and social activist Colin Kaepernick set the tone before an exhilarated crowd that included some 150 local high school students, declaring that people in positions of privilege and power have a “responsibility” to speak up for the powerless.
“People live with this every single day and we expect them to thrive in situations where they’re just trying to survive,” said the NFL free agent who famously took a knee during pregame national anthems to protest racial injustice in America. “If we don’t, we become complicit. It is our duty to fight for them.”
Kaepernick became a hero of the Left for igniting a nationwide protest during the National Anthem and the Harvard award is more proof of the extreme liberal bias of Ivy League School elites.