Actress and musician Queen Latifah is one of the honorees being recognized by Harvard University for her contributions to black history and culture. She will receive the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal on October 22nd.
The medal is named in commemoration of Du Bois’ feat as the first-ever black student to graduate with a doctorate degree from Harvard in 1895. Receiving the award is one of Harvard’s greatest honors and is given to those who contribute to African and African American culture.
“Recipients have included scholars, artists, writers, journalists, philanthropists, and public servants whose work has bolstered the field of African and African American studies,” says Harvard.
Other honorees this year include philanthropist Sheila Johnson, artist Kerry James Marshall, and poet Rita Dove. Previous well-known recipients include Quincy Jones, Colin Kaepernick, and Oprah Winfrey.