Harvard University honors Chimamanda Adiche with the highest award
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a Nigerian writer, has received Harvard University’s highest honor, the W. E. B. Du Bois Medal.
On Thursday, October 7, Adichie received the Harvard Award for African and African American Studies.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, no one has received the W.E.B. Du Bois medal.
The Nigerian writer, who spoke at Harvard College Class Day in 2018 and was a Harvard Radcliffe Institute Fellow between 2011 and 2012, now joins the ranks of past recipients of the medal, including Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, Ava Duvernay, Dave Chappelle, Queen Latifah, Nasir “Nas” Jones, John Lewis, Steven Spielberg, athlete-activist Colin Kaepernick, and others.
Other recipients of the award include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Laverne Cox, Agnes Guns, Raymond J McGuire, Deval Patrick, and Betye Saar.
A professor of the university and director of the Hutchins center said in a statement;
“Whether they’ve distinguished themselves in the arts, civic life, education, athletics, activism, or any combination of the above, these medalists show in all that they do their unyielding commitment to pushing the boundaries of representation and creating opportunities for advancement and participation for people who have been too often shut out from the great promise of our times.”