Harvard University has named Queen Latifah as one of the seven honorees to receive the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal on October 22nd. The medal spotlights those who honor Du Bois through their contributions to Black history and culture. In addition to Latifah, Elizabeth Alexander, Sheila Johnson, Robert Smith, Rita Dove, Lonnie Bunch III and Kerry James Marshall will be honored as well.
The New Jersey native will join Nas as one of the few hip-hop artists turned moguls to be honored with the award. Nas won the W. E. B. Du Bois medal back in 2013. Shortly thereafter, the university created the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship. Furthermore, hip-hop has made its mark at the Ivy League university in other ways as well.
In 2017, Rihanna won the school’s humanitarian award. Also, Pusha T has lectured at the university, Ciara is currently attending the university’s business school and Swizz Beatz has graduated from the business school’s Owner/President Management executive program. Who will be the next artist to make their mark at the prestigious university?