Film-maker Ava DuVernay and rapper turned actor LL Cool J both to be honored by Harvard University with W.E.B. Du Bois awards during a prestigious ceremony this October.
The W.E.B. Du Bois medal recognizes those who have largely impacted African American history and culture. The award, which ranks the highest of Harvard’s awards in the field of African American studies, globally measures contributions to the African American culture.
Who more deserving than Ava and LL?
Ava DuVernay who’s work includes powerful documentary “13th” which explores, race, mass incarceration and social justice in America; she also holds a BAFTA award for her prolific work in that doc. DuVernay also has claims to television show “Queen Sugar” as well as major motion pictures Selma, and upcoming “A Wrinkle In Time”.
LL Cool J, an early pioneer of hip hop and rap culture out of Queens recently became the first rapper to be recognized with Kennedy Center Honors. These coveted honors are one of the most prestigious any artist can receive and are granted to those in the performing arts who’s art has contributed to American culture.
Ava DuVernay and LL Cool J join the an extensive list of excellence who have been presented this award. Past recipients include activist and athlete Muhammad Ali, rapper MC Lyte, rapper Nasir “Nas” Jones, prolific writer Maya Angelou, icon Oprah Winfrey and more.
DuVernay and LL Cool J will be honored during the 5th annual Hutchins Center Honors on Oct 4th, 2017 in Cambridge, Mass. Other honorees include political strategist Donna Brazille, librarian of congress Carla Hayden, Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation.