Queen Latifah To Receive W.E.B. Du Bois Medal From Harvard For Her Contributions To The Culture
October 17, 2019 at 3:31 pm
Harvard will honor Queen Latifah's contributions to the culture.
The Girls Trip star will receive the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal, the most prestigious award from the university's field of African and African American studies, reports The Hill.
The award is given "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," according to a press release. W.E.B. Du Bois was an esteemed scholar and the first Black person to receive a doctoral degree from Harvard.
"Recipients have included scholars, artists, writers, journalists, philanthropists, and public servants whose work has bolstered the field of African and African American studies," the school said.
Past recipients include Colin Kaepernick, Ava DuVernay and Oprah.
Queen Latifah deserves all of her flowers. On Tuesday, she traveled to Richmond, Virginia, for the Women's Achieve Summit, according to RVA Hub. While there, she encouraged attendees to vote and participate in politics.
"People thinking that it's no big deal, it doesn't matter, but it does matter," she told them.
"People need to go back and take a look at a few pictures and see some people being sprayed with hoses and being bitten by dogs for their right to vote, and maybe it will spark something inside of them."
Community service is essential to the "U.N.I.T.Y." rapper.
"I like the idea of giving back. It's something that I was raised to do by my mom that I watched her do when I was growing up," Queen Latifah told WTVR. "Often we feel un-empowered, we feel like we can't do anything and if you watch the news, you really think you can't do anything. But you can't do that all the time. Cut the T.V. off every once in a while and sit in your own power for a minute and realize there are plenty of things we can do."
There will be six other honorees including Smithsonian Institution Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III, artist Kerry James Marshall, businessman and philanthropist Robert F. Smith, BET co-founder Sheila C. Johnson, poet Rita Dove and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation President Elizabeth Alexander.
NBC News reports the 2019 class will be celebrated on October 22. Cornel West will give the closing remarks at the ceremony.