Harvard University Honors Oprah Winfrey And Shonda Rhimes

October 1, 2014  |  

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Yesterday Harvard University held its annual celebration of African-American culture along with an award ceremony honoring two of our favorite ladies, Oprah Winfrey and Shonda Rhimes. Billionaire media mogul Winfrey and super producer Rhimes were both awarded with the W.E.B. Du Bois medals which recognizes individuals for their contribution to African American culture and philosophy.

Winfrey also accepted a posthumous award on behalf of her mentor Maya Angelou who died in May. Upon accepting the award, The Daily News noted Winfrey shared her favorite memory of the late author which was eating biscuits at her table.

During the ceremony, Harvard awarded Harry Belafonte, Steve McQueen and Representative John Lewis (D-GA) with Du Bois medals, as well. The Harvard Crimson reports Belafonte received his medal for musical contributions, McQueen for producing “12 Years A Slave” to change our nation’s perspective on slavery, and Lewis for being the second Black Congressional representative for Georgia since the Reconstruction.

Congrats to all!

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