On Feb. 28, Robyn Rihanna Fenty was honored in Harvard’s Sanders Theater for her continuous efforts to further humanitarian causes.
Fenty joined previous winners like Lionel Richie, James Earl Jones, and former UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon as the 2017 Harvard Humanitarian of the Year Award recipient on Harvard’s campus in Massachusetts.
“Robyn Rihanna Fenty has shared her time, her talent, and her treasure for humanitarian causes around the world. And it is for these reasons that we present her with the 2017 Harvard Humanitarian of the Year Award,” said Dr. S. Allen Counter, who presented Fenty with the award.
Counter mentioned Fenty’s work in providing health services in Barbados. Counter also mentioned her effort’s in offering a scholarship program for Caribbean students who want to study in the United States.
Fenty stated in her speech that she is “humbled to be acknowledged at this magnitude for something that, in truth, [I’ve] never wanted credit for.”
“All you need to do is help one person, expecting nothing in return. To me, that is a humanitarian. People make it seem way too hard, man. You don’t have to be rich to help somebody; you don’t have to be famous, you don’t even have to be college-educated,” Fenty added.
Check out the event below.
Today, Rihanna (@badgalriri) received the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year award for her work supporting education and health care in Caribbean and developing countries. “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. Congratulations, Riri! #harvard #rihanna