On Tuesday night (February 28), Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty was honored by Harvard University’s The Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations for her outstanding humanitarian efforts. She received the 2017 Humanitarian of the Year Award at the Sanders Theater, which is located on the campus of Harvard.

“Robyn Rihanna Fenty has shared her time, her talent, and her treasure for humanitarian causes around the world. And it is for these reasons that we present her with the 2017 Harvard Humanitarian of the Year Award,” proclaimed Dr. S. Allen Counter. The singer’s work at providing scholarships to Caribbean students, health services and breast cancer testing in her home country of Barbados were some of the exciting things Dr. Counter mentioned as he presented the award.


Rihanna, herself, expressed how humbled she is for receiving the award and that she “never wanted credit for.”

“All you need to do is help one person, expecting nothing in return. To me, that is a humanitarian. People make it seem way too hard, man. 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.”

Check out Rihanna’s acceptance speech above at the 1:13:00 mark.