Queen Latifah, Kerry James Marshall and C.E.O. Robert Smith Are Among Harvard’s W.E.B. DuBois Medal Honorees For 2020


Musical artist and Living Single Star Queen Latifah, acclaimed contemporary artist Kerry James Marshall and Robert Smith, founder, chairman and chief executive of Vista Equity Partners are among the honorees being recognized by Harvard University this year with the W.E.B. DuBois Medal for their contributions to black history and culture. The medal is Harvard’s highest honor in the field of African American studies.

Recipients of past DuBois Medal recipients  include Dave Chappelle, Colin Kaepernick, Bryan Stevenson, Kehinde Wiley, Quincy Jones, Donna Brazile and LL Cool J.

This year’s closing remarks will be made by Dr. Cornel West, whose written over 20 books, taught at Yale University and practiced public philosophy at Harvard. The ceremony will be held at 4 p.m., Tuesday in Sanders Theatre Memorial Hall at 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. Free tickets became available on October 15 via the Harvard Box Office and at boxofficharvard.edu.


Congratulations to each one of the honorees this year. Each one is hard working and deserving of such accolade and recognition.

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