Nas will be honored at Harvard University today (Sept. 30) when he receives the W.E.B Dubois Medal. The Life Is Good rapper will be recognized for his contribution to African-American arts, culture, human rights and intercultural understanding, the Associated Press reports.
Other honorees include Muhammad Ali, Marian Wright Edelman, who is the founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, Charlayne Hunter-Gault who is the first black woman to enroll in the University of Georgia, president of Ariel Investments and chairman of the board of Ariel Investment Trust Melody Hobson and artist Carrie Mae Weems.
The recipients will attend the ceremony and panel session at Harvard University. Ali will appear via Skype due to suffering complications from Parkinson’s disease. The ceremony will be live streamed here at 4:00 p.m EST.