Rihanna capped off Black History Month with a memorable acceptance speech for the Harvard Humanitarian Of The Year Award.
While the pop star has joked in the past that she’s not a traditional role model, this moment was one that every parent should be proud to let their child mimic. As she addressed the prestigious, well-educated audience, Rihanna let it be known that one does not need a ton of accolades, titles or even money to do the good work that she does.
“People make it way too hard, man,” she said. “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.”
She paused and laughed with the crowd admitting that on this particular day, she wishes that she was.
“It starts with your neighbor,” she continued. “The person right next to you…just do whatever you can to help in any way that you can.”
Her speech was full of humble moments that reminds us all that you can be the change that you want to see in the world, and it doesn’t take much to do it. Nor do you have to change who you are along the way.
Watch RiRi’s speech below.