Harvard University honors Rihanna with Humanitarian of the Year Award
The prestigious Harvard University has honored pop star Rihanna with the 2017 Humanitarian of the Year Award by the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, according to People magazine.
The foundation’s director, Dr. S. Allen Counter, said her recognition came from charitably building a state of the art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados.
When accepting the award, Rihanna said she was humbled to be acknowledged in magnitude for something she never wanted to be credited for.
“I remember watching TV [as a child] and I would see commercials with children suffering in other parts of the world, the ones where you could give 25 cents and save a child’s life. I said, ‘When I grow up and get rich I’m gonna help kids all over the world.’ I just didn’t know I would be in the position to do that by the time I was a teenager.”
Rihanna’s full acceptance speech can be viewed in the video below.