Queen Latifah to receive Harvard black culture award

She is among six honorees being recognized for their contributions to black history and culture.

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Queen Latifah arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

Queen Latifah arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Music artist and actress Queen Latifah is among the honorees being recognized by Harvard University this year for their contributions to black history and culture.

Harvard is set to award the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal to Queen Latifah and six other recipients on Oct. 22, according to the Cambridge, Massachusetts, school’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research.

Other honorees 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 Robert Smith, founder, chairman and chief executive of Vista Equity Partners.

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.

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