[Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention. A Just Jared article from February 28, 2017, presents the entire speech Rihanna delivered at Harvard to accept the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year Award (at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts). The article includes full video of the award ceremony (the ceremony starts at 36:49, her speech at 1:16:05) and full transcript of Rihanna’s speech. [Also see our previous post Rihanna named Harvard’s Humanitarian of the Year.] Just Jared writes:
[Rihanna] was recognized for her work with the Clara Lionel Foundation and for donating money to start a breast cancer treatment center in Barbados.
During her touching speech, Rihanna opened up about how she would watch television as a kid and see commercials asking people to donate 25 cents to save a child’s life. “I would think to myself, ‘I wonder how many 25 cents I could save up to save all the kids in Africa.’ And I would say to myself, ‘When I grow up, and I can get rich, I’m gonna save 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 said. “What the little girl watching those commercials didn’t know is that you don’t have to be rich to be a humanitarian. You don’t have to be rich to help somebody.” [. . .]