Each year, the Harvard Foundation of Harvard University presents the Harvard Humanitarian of the Year award to an individual whose works and deeds have served to improve the quality of our lives and have inspired us to greater heights. This year’s 2017 honoree is Sir Elton John for his dedication and hard work in support of HIV/AIDS research and awareness.
The award—presented annually by the Harvard University Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations—highlighted John’s work through the Elton John AIDS Foundation, an organization which has raised more than $385 million for HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention, and research since its inception in 1992.
Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana, after a characteristic introduction reflecting upon the College’s mission, praised John, saying, “Sir Elton John is a living embodiment of that Harvard College mission statement. He has used his gifts and talents to serve the world.” Here is a clip of John accepting the award and some of Khurana’s words.
Formally known as the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award, the award’s past honorees include Rihanna, Aung San Suu Kyi, UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, Malala Yousafzai, and Lionel Richie.
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