Her Momma Named Her Robyn; I’mma Call Her Robyn, Humanitarian of the Year!

It’s time to Break It Down!

In penning today’s post, I opted to take a “Road Less Traveled” approach. When you read the post, you’ll understand. In the unlikely event you do not, hit me up and I’ll clarify.

For some, the best thing about this post is it’s really brief. You can thank me later. Without further ado, let’s do this!

Yesterday afternoon, the Harvard Foundation bestowed the prestigious Peter J. Gomes Award to Ms. Robyn Fenty. The award, popularly known as Harvard’s Humanitarian of the Year Award, is given annually to recognize prominent public-spirited leaders in honor of the late Rev. Professor Peter J. Gomes. The Award, introduced in 1984, comprises a long list of luminary recipients, including:

  • Physician-statistician Hans Rosling
  • Actor James Earl Jones
  • Nobel Peace Prize Committee Chairman Thorbjorn Jagland
  • N. Secretaries General Ban Ki-moon, Kofi Annan, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, & Javier Perez de Cuellar
  • Gender rights advocate Malala Yousafzai
  • Anti-child-labor spokesman Kailash Satyarthi
  • Tennis player and activist Arthur Ashe
  • Former Health and Human Services Director Louis W. Sullivan
  • Farmworker rights advocate Dolores Huerta

Without question, that is an august list. Ms. Fenty’s work has earned her place among her stoutly credentialed predecessors. According to S. Allen Counter, the Harvard Foundation’s Director, Ms. Fenty, a native of Barbados, burnished her humanitarian bona fides by:

Charitably building 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.

Founding in 2012, the nonprofit Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program, named for her grandparents, for students attending college in the U.S. from Caribbean countries, and supports the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, which provides 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.

The Harvard Foundation presented the Award to Robyn in a ceremony yesterday at 4:00 p.m. at Sanders Theater on the campus of Harvard University. Oh, by the way, did I mention this world-famous Bajan has a middle name by which most of you are likely to know her? For the legions who are not pop culture maven, Ms. Fenty is better known by most of us as Rihanna. In addition to her robust humanitarian vita, she is an international musical phenomenon, a singer, an actress, and a songwriter who has sold more than 200 million records. The woman most of us know best as a musical icon has just gone upscale; Harvard, no less. Her Momma Named Her Robyn; I’mma Call Her Robyn, Humanitarian of the Year!”

I’m done; holla back!

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