Rihanna Named Harvard University’s Humanitarian of the Year


Is there anything she doesn’t do?The famous singer was named Harvard University’s 2017 Humanitarian of The Year. She will pick up the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award at the Sanders Theatre on Feb. 28.


The 29-year-old singer founded the Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012. The foundation was created to aid disadvantaged communities around the world. In January, on behalf of her foundation and the Global Citizen organization, Rihanna traveled to Malawi to meet with mentors, students, government officials and teachers to dicuss education efforts in the East African nation.

Director of the Harvard Foundation, S. Allen Counter, praised Rihanna’s philanthropic work. “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,” he said.

“She has also created the Clara Lionel Foundation Scholarship for students attending college in the U.S. from Caribbean countries, and supports the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, a multiyear campaign that will provide 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.”

Harvard’s Humanitarian of the Year award is handed out in honor of the late Rev. Professor Peter J. Gomez and recognizes “prominent public-spirited leaders” around the world. Recipients in the past include Kofi Annan, Arthur Ashe, Ruby Dee, James Earl Jones, Tommy Hilfiger, Lionel Richie, and Malala Yousafzai.


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