CAMBRIDGE (CelebrityAccess) – Artist and actress Queen Latifah is among the honorees being recognized by Harvard University this year for their contributions to black history and culture, according to The Associated Press.
Latifah is one of seven honorees who will receive the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal on October 22.
Other individuals being honored this year include poet and educator Elizabeth Alexander, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Lonnie Bunch III, poet Rita Dove, co-founder of Black Entertainment Television Sheila Johnson, artist Kerry James Marshall, and founder, chairman and chief executive of Vista Equity Partners, Robert Smith.
The medal is named after William Edward Burghardt Du Bois—the first black student to earn a doctorate from Harvard in 1895. Du Bois went on to become a scholar, writer, editor, and civil rights activist.