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Rihanna accepts Humanitarian Of The Year award

By | Published on Wednesday 1 March 2017


Rihanna yesterday collected her award as Harvard’s Humanitarian Of The Year. As previously reported, the musician was recognised for her work through various projects, including the Clara Lionel Foundation she launched in 2012.

“So I made it to Harvard”, she began her acceptance speech. “Never thought I’d be able to say that in my life, but it feels good”.

“I’m incredibly humbled by this, to be to be acknowledged at this magnitude for something that in truth I’ve never wanted credit for”, she continued. “We’re all human, and we all just want a chance. A chance at life, a chance at an education, a chance at a future, really. And at CLF our mission is to impact as many lives as possible. But it starts with just one. Just one”.

“As I stare out into this beautiful room, I see optimism, I see hope, I see the future”, she said. “I know that each and every one of you has the opportunity to help someone else. All you need to do is help one person, expecting nothing in return. To me, that is a humanitarian”.

Watch her full speech here (skip to 1:16:00):