Rihanna named Harvard’s Humanitarian of the Year


The Harvard Gazette (22 February 2017) reports that popular singer Rihanna has been named the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year, and will visit the campus to accept the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award at a ceremony next Tuesday (February 28). [Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this post to our attention.]

“Rihanna has charitably built a state-of- the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados,” said S. Allen Counter, the Harvard Foundation’s director.

“In 2012, she founded the nonprofit the Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program [named for her grandparents] for students attending college in the U.S. from Caribbean countries, and supports the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, which provides children with access to education in over 60 developing countries, giving priority to girls, and those affected by lack of access to education in the world today.”

An international musical phenomenon, the Barbados-born singer, actress, and songwriter — whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty — has sold more than 200 million records.

[. . .] The award will be presented at 4 p.m. at Sanders Theatre on Feb. 28. Admission is free, however, tickets are required and can be picked up at Sanders Theatre beginning at noon the day of the performance. A Harvard ID is required and tickets are limited to two per person. In-person distribution only and the tickets are valid until 3:45 p.m

For full article, see http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2017/02/rihanna-named-humanitarian-of-year

Also see article by Kelly Lawler, USA Today (23 February 2017): http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2017/02/23/rihanna-named-harvards-humanitarian-year/98291958


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