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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Rihanna has been named the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year.

The Grammy Award-winning singer will receive the Harvard Foundation’s Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award at a ceremony scheduled for Feb. 28.

Rihanna is being honored for several philanthropic efforts. She built a state-of-the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer in her home nation of Barbados. She created the Clara and Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program — named for her grandparents — for students attending college in the U.S. from Caribbean countries.


She also supports the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project to provide children with access to education in more than 60 developing countries.

Previous winners include actor James Earl Jones, activist Malala Yousafzai (mah-LAH’-lah YOO’-suhf-zeye) and four U.N. secretaries general.

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3 thoughts on “Rihanna Is Named Harvard University Humanitarian Of The Year

  1. Kudos to Rihanna! Keep up the great work! More needs to be done to help people with health problems, including HIV/AIDS.
    There is still NO CURE for HIV, and the best treatments available fail to prolong lifespan of infected persons significantly. Read the article published in the journal “Nature” during the late 80s about “African Slim Disease” (later determined to be HIV-1) by Matthew Alan Gondo and Myron Essex of Harvard, then ask your doctor or the CDC what is the average lifespan of persons with HIV infection who receive the best current drug cocktails. You may be very surprised and disappointed.

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