The 2023 Hutchins Center Honors W. E. B. Du Bois Medal Ceremony

Thursday | October 19, 2023 | 4:00pm


The W. E. B. Du Bois Medal is Harvard's highest honor in the field of African and African American studies. It is awarded to individuals in the United States and across the globe in recognition of their contributions to African and African American culture and the life of the mind.

Recipients have included scholars, artists, writers, journalists, philanthropists, and public servants whose work has bolstered the field of African and African American studies.

The Hutchins Center Honors ceremony on October 19th will celebrate the conferral of the W. E. B. Du Bois Medal to the 2023 class of honorees:

  • KIMBERLÉ CRENSHAW Civil Rights Advocate, Legal Scholar
  • KATHY DELANEY-SMITH Harvard Women's Basketball Coach, 1982-2022
  • THELMA GOLDEN Director and Chief Curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem
  • ICE T Musician, Songwriter, Producer, Actor
  • SPIKE LEE Filmmaker, Writer, Producer, Actor
  • JOHN LEGEND Singer, Songwriter
  • FRANCIA ELENA MÁRQUEZ MINA Vice President of Colombia, Human Rights & Environmental Activist & Lawyer
  • STRIVE MASIYIWA Businessman, Philanthropist

For more information, please visit the Hutchins Center.


Ticket Prices

FREE, but tickets are required. Limit 2 per person. Tickets also available over the phone or online, for a fee. Tickets expire at 3:45pm.


Run Time

2 hours.






Free parking is available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage, located at the intersection of Everett and Oxford Streets. Parking is from one hour pre-performance to one hour post. More info at Parking & Directions.


Sanders Theatre

45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138
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