Rihanna Accepts Harvard Humanitarian Award With Moving Speech

“So I made it to Harvard!”

Pop star Rihanna has not only been killing it with her larger-than-life music and style, but the singer has been giving to charitable causes behind the scenes as well. Earlier this week, it was revealed that she was receiving Humanitarian of the Year Award 2017 from the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations for her philanthropical endeavors for her home country of Barbados and for children’s education.

See also: The numerous reasons why Rihanna was chosen for the Humanitarian of the Year Award 2017 by Harvard University.

The ceremony was held in Harvard’s campus on February 28, and RiRi gave a heartwarming, sincere speech about how grateful she was about winning the award. With a flip of the hair, she teased, “So I made it to Harvard! Never thought I’d be able to say that in my life, but it feels good.”

Her passion to help underprivileged youth began when she was a child herself, and she always dreamed of being able to help those in need. “I would think to myself, ‘When I grow up and when I get rich, I’m gonna save kids all over the world.’ I just didn’t know that I would be in a position to do that by the time I was a teenager.”

And she wanted to spread her charitable spirit with those in the audience as well. “All you need to do is help one person, expecting nothing in return. To me, that is a humanitarian. What that 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 you neighbor. You just do whatever you can to help in whatever way you can.”

 

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