Harvard will award the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal to Latifah and six other Wednesday through to the Cambridge, Massachusetts, school’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. The award is named after Du Bois, a scholar, writer, editor, and civil rights pioneer who became the first black student to earn a doctorate from Harvard in 1895.
Other honorees include co-founder of Black Entertainment Television Sheila Johnson, poet and educator Elizabeth Alexander, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Lonnie Bunch III, poet Rita Dove, artist Kerry James Marshall, and Robert Smith, founder, chairman and chief executive of Vista Equity Partners. continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.