Nas Joins Oprah, Maya Angelou and More as a Recipient of the DuBois Medal

Nas Joins Oprah, Maya Angelou and More as a Recipient of the DuBois Medal

He's the first rapper to receive the honor.

Published October 1, 2015

Big ups to Nas.

On Wednesday night (Sept. 30), Harvard University honored the Queens rapper as a recipient of the W.E.B. DuBois Medal. Other recipients this year were boxing legend Muhammad Ali and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

According to AP, the medal “honors those who have made significant contributions to African and African-American history and culture, intercultural understanding and human rights.”

Other recipients this year include Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund; Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments and chairman of the board of Ariel Investment Trust; Charlayne Hunter-Gault, the first Black woman to enroll in the University of Georgia; and artist Carrie Mae Weems.

Nas is in good company, too. The list of individuals who have gotten the Du Bois Medial include Maya Angelou, Oprah, Steven Spielberg, Harvey Weinstein and more.

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(Photos from left: Nasir Jones via Instagram, Ross Gilmore/Redferns via Getty Images)

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