HARVARD TO HONOUR QUEEN LATIFAH FOR HER CONTRIBUTIONS TO BLACK CULTURE
Harvard University has announced it will be honoring Queen Latifah with the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal, the university’s highest honor in the field of African and African American studies, for her contributions to black culture.
The famed actor and musician is one of seven recipients the university will be honoring with the medal at a ceremony hosted next Tuesday by the university’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research.
The school said the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal, named after the civil rights leader and scholar who became the first black person to receive a doctoral degree from the university in 1895, is awarded “to individuals in the United States and across the globe in recognition of their contributions to African and African American culture and the life of the mind.”
“Recipients have included scholars, artists, writers, journalists, philanthropists, and public servants whose work has bolstered the field of African and African American studies,” it added.
The other six honorees set to receive the medal next week are poet and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation President Elizabeth Alexander, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Lonnie G. Bunch III, poet Rita Dove, artist Kerry James Marshall, Vista Equity Partners CEO Robert F. Smith and Sheila C. Johnson, the co-founder of Black Entertainment Television.
Activist and professor Cornel West is expected to deliver closing remarks at the ceremony.