As a world-famous and renowned female vocalist, Rihanna has contributed more tha songs to the world. The “Love on the Brain” singer has also embarked on many philanthropic endeavors too.
Due to Rihanna’s work in Barbados, her native home island, and her multiple charities that she herself has founded throughout the years, Harvard’s Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations has honoured the singer with the 2017 Harvard Humanitarian of the Year award.
Ceremony and Speech
In the ceremony, which was held on Tuesday, Rihanna had thanked the school for this honor, and proceeded to deliver a speech that inspired all.
“So I made it to Harvard,” Rihanna said jokingly. “Never thought I’d be able to say that in my life, but it feels good.”
She continued on to explain that she always has had a passion for assisting others since she had been a toung girl in Barbados viewing commercials for sponsoring children in poverty. “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 get rich, I’m gonna save kids all over the world.’ I just didn’t know I would be in a position to do that by the time I was a teenager,” she said.
After she touched upon the many organizations she began and assisted, Rihanna encouraged students present that everyone can join in and help her on the selfless contributions.
“All you need to do is help one person, expecting nothing in return. To me, that is a humanitarian.” She also said, “What that 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. You don’t have to be famous, you don’t even have to be college educated. But it starts with your neighbor… you just do whatever you can to help in any way that you can.”