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Valerie Jarrett '74, both an adviser and close family friend to President Obama, is one of six individuals who will receive Harvard University's W. E. B. Du Bois Medal during an Oct. 2 ceremony.


The Boston Globe reports that fellow honorees include Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, New York-based playwright Tony Kushner, Georgia’s civil rights activist and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, film director Steven Spielberg, and National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern.

Harvard has awarded the medal beginning in 2000 to people whose work has bolstered the field of African and African American studies.

Read more about the award here and more about Jarrett's career here.