Harvard University’s, Sanders Theater stage was lit with excitement on Tuesday as the school congregated to honor a well known and respected figure, the fashion icon and Caribbean pop sensation, Rihanna. The ceremony opened with a performance of colorful ballads that were deep and enriched in african culture. The choir was filled with a site full of students from all different backgrounds and ethnicities singing together proudly with their fist held high.
The University honored Robyn Rihanna Fenty with the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian of The Year Award for her philanthropic endeavors she has continuously made throughout her career. Her most outstanding efforts were highlighted in eloquent prologues given by Harvard University students. Rihanna has developed the cancer diagnosis and treatment center at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados along with providing scholarships to students across the Caribbean of up to $50,000 per year with the Clara Lionel Foundation named after her grandmother.
Miss Fenty shined in her acceptance as she graced her opening with, “So, I made it to Harvard,” and continued on to speak about how this humbling experience was something she never thought she would be rewarded for. “All you need to do is help one person, expecting nothing in return. To me, that is a humanitarian.” “You just do whatever you can to help in any way you can.” She closed her lucid speech with a quote she learned from her grandmother, “If you got a dollar, there’s plenty to share.” Congratulations to Rihanna Fenty on her wonderful performance and philanthropy.
Watch Rihanna’s Humanitarian Award Ceremony and acceptance below.