HUMANITAS Trustee Shonda Rhimes Honored with the Du Bois Medal
Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research announced its 2014 W.E.B. Du Bois Medalists on Monday. They are: the late Maya Angelou, Harry Belafonte, Oprah Winfrey, architect David Adjaye, presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett, Congressman John Lewis, “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” showrunner Shonda Rhimes, “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen, and movie producer Harvey Weinstein. Each honoree will have a presenter at the awards ceremony; Jamaica Kincaid, professor of African and African American Studies in Residence at Harvard will pay homage to the late Angelou, while American Repertory Theater artistic director Diane Paulus will speak for Weinstein who backed her musical “Finding Neverland.” Henry Louis Gates Jr., director of the Hutchins Center, sums it up nicely in a statement: “The Du Bois Medal is Harvard’s highest honor for outstanding contributions to African and African American culture.” The presentation will be Sept. 30 at Sanders Theatre.