Photos: NAS receives a W.E.B. Du Bois Medal at Harvard University


Legendary rap artist Nas just make history as the first hip hop icon to receive the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal, Harvard’s highest honor in the field of African and African American Studies.

Looking dapper in a suit, he joined his fellow honorees including U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre on Wednesday.

During the ceremony, Nas posed with professors and students later shared some empowering words when took the stage.

“These are the things the kids need to see. The real things,” he said. “This is a light I want on me. I hope that I can be a great role model for those kids…you can be more than the typical image of rap.”

He later tweeted, “Historic night for the rap game. At the Hutchins Center Honors for the W. E. B. Du Bois Medal ceremony. This is a first for the Rap Game to receive this award but, definitely not the last. Thank you. #HarvardHistory.”

Check out some photos.

A Young Harvard

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Dinner with the professors Marcyliena Morgan & Lawerence Bobo #harvard A photo posted by Nasir Jones (@nas) on

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