Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a celebrated Nigerian author, will receive the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal from Harvard University on October 6, 2022. Chimamanda previously served as a Harvard Radcliffe Institute Fellow (2011-2012); and was the 2018 Harvard College Class Day Speaker, is making another trip back to Harvard.
After a nearly three-year break due to the epidemic, the W.E.B. Du Bois medal returns with a new group of honorees. It is the highest honour Harvard presents in the field of African and African American studies. Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Muhammad Ali, Steven Spielberg, Ava Duvernay, and Chinua Achebe are just a few of the honourees from the past.
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Chimamanda will receive the medal along with six other honourees. This is according to a Hutchins Center for African and African American Research announcement published in The Harvard Gazette. They all “embody the values of commitment and resolve that are fundamental to the Black experience in America”.
University Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., Director of the Hutchins Center, in an official statement, said this year’s honourees represent “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.”
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