Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Awarded W.E.B. Du Bois Medal By Harvard

October 8, 2013  |  

This is a major honor for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and film director Steven Spielberg. They are among six people who have just received Harvard University’s highest honor in the field of African and African-American studies. Harvard is honoring  Sotomayor and Spielberg with its W.E.B. Du Bois Medal, a medal it has awarded since 2000, reports The Grio.

Sotomayor is the first Latina to serve on the Supreme Court.  The other honorees are:  senior presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett, playwright Tony Kushner (“Angels In America”), Georgia civil rights activist and Civil Rights activist and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, and NBA Commissioner David Stern. The medals were given out during the launch of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at the University.

The Root’s editor-in-chief, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Glenn H. Hutchins, whose $15 million gift helped established the Hutchins Center, presided over the event Wednesday at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre, the Harvard Crimson reports. The Hutchins Center will focus on nine initiatives devoted to African and African-American studies,” writes The Root.

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