W. E. B. Du Bois Medal

Du Bois Medal

Harvard Gazette: 'Persistence, courage take the dais'

October 23, 2019

Perseverance was a theme at this year’s W.E.B. Du Bois Medal awards. So too was courage.

“Understand that there will be times when you will have to stand alone. There will be no one else that will believe in your dream,” Queen Latifah, hip-hop artist, actor, and medal recipient, told a packed audience Tuesday evening at Sanders Theatre. “There are plenty of people who told us we will never be where we are today … but we don’t believe those people. You have to be strong and be courageous and just know that if you believe in it, it’s going to happen. Don’t give up. Do not quit....

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Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah

W. E. B. Du Bois Medalist, 2019
Musical Artist, Producer, Actor
Robert F. Smith

Robert F. Smith

W. E. B. Du Bois Medalist, 2019
Philanthropist and Founder, Chairman & CEO of Vista Equity Partners
Rita Dove

Rita Dove

W. E. B. Du Bois Medalist, 2019
Poet
Elizabeth Alexander

Elizabeth Alexander

W. E. B. Du Bois Medalist, 2019
Poet, Educator, and President of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Sheila C. Johnson

Sheila C. Johnson

W. E. B. Du Bois Medalist, 2019
Philanthropist, Co-Founder of Black Entertainment Television
Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson

W. E. B. Du Bois Medalist, 2018
JD '85, MPP '85, LLD '15
Founder / Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative
Florence Ladd

Florence Ladd

W. E. B. Du Bois Medalist, 2018
Director Emerita of the Bunting Institute & Professor
Pamela Joyner

Pamela Joyner

W. E. B. Du Bois Medalist, 2018
MBA '84
Art Collector & Philanthropist
Shirley Ann Jackson

Shirley Ann Jackson

W. E. B. Du Bois Medalist, 2018
President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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