Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Congrats to media maven, Oprah Winfrey; Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes; and performer-activist, Harry Belafonte!  All three were presented with W.E.B. Du Bois Medals from the Harvard’s Hutchins Center for African-American Research. The award is the institution’s highest Medal of Honor in the field of African-American studies and has been awarded since 2000.

Winfrey posted the above photo of her and Rhimes on her Facebook page as well as a photo of her with Belafonte on Instagram. Other award recipients included British architect, David Adjaye; Civil Rights pioneer and U.S. Rep, John Lewis; 12 Years a Slave  and Oscar winner, Steve McQueen; and movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

Winfrey also accepted an award for her mother-sister-friend, the late Maya Angelo