Colson Whitehead Receives National Medal

Colson Whitehead received a National Humanities Medal, presented by President Biden on March 21, 2023. Whitehead was among 12 honorees for the National Humanities Medals, as well as honorees for National Medals of Arts. “With genre-defying craftsmanship and creativity, Colson Whitehead’s celebrated novels make real the African American journey through our Nation’s continued reckoning with the original sin of slavery and our ongoing march toward a more perfect Union.”

The National Endowment for the Humanities was established in 1965, and “supports learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation that support research in the humanities, nurture humanities infrastructure, and expand the reach of the humanities.” Inaugurated in 1997, the Humanities Medal “honors individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the humanities and broadened our citizens’ engagement with history, literature, languages, philosophy, and other humanities subjects.”

For more information, including the complete list of recipients and a video of the presentation, see the official announcement.

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