Spielberg, Sotomayor among Harvard W.E.B. Du Bois medal recipients

10/02/2013 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Massachusetts – Filmmaker Steven Spielberg and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor were among six people to be honored Wednesday by the Hutchins Center for African and African-American Research at Harvard University. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the medal is the university’s highest honor in the African and African-American research field.

Spielberg, who was applauded for his accomplishments in filmmaking as well as establishing a historical foundation, is quoted by the AP as stating of receiving the honor, “This is a laurel upon which I promise not to rest but instead to keep moving uphill because nothing gets done unless we’re all going uphill… When we get to the top maybe I’ll look down and say, well I earned it then.”

Justice Sotomayor is quoted as stating of the award, “I am always reminded and continue to remember that I never stand alone because I do stand on the shoulders … of so many people in this room and everyone who preceded me to open the door of opportunity… I try to remember that paying forward is an obligation that I must not only undertake but that gives meaning to all our lives.”

Other recipients of the award were senior presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett, playwright Tony Kushner, Georgia civil rights activist and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, and NBA Commissioner David Stern.

This report is provided by Justice News Flash – Massachusetts News

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