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Bowdoin to honor Dr. Fauci, civil rights leaders, astronaut

December 21, 2020 GMT

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci and NASA’s Jessica Meir are among four people who’ll be receiving honorary degrees from Bowdoin College.

The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the the astronaut from Caribou will be honored at the spring commencement along with the late civil rights activist William Harbour and Campaign Zero co-founder DeRay Mckesson.

Harbour participated in the Freedom Rides on Greyhound buses in the South, facing violent mobs, members of the KKK, and hostile police.

Mckesson, a Bowdoin graduate, is a leading voice in the Black Lives Matter movement and and a cofounder of Campaign Zero. The nonprofit is devoted to promoting solutions against police violence and mass incarceration.