Global music and fashion icon, business entrepreneur, and philanthropist Rihanna was the recipient of the President Award at the 2020 NAACP’s Image award.
In her speech, she mentions LHHS alumna Atatiana Jefferson, who was shot in her home by a police officer in Fort Worth.
“We can’t do this divided I cannot emphasize that enough — so when we’re marching, protesting, and posting about the Michael Brown Jr. and Atatiana Jeffersons of the world, tell your friends to pull up,” Rihanna says in the video.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a civil rights organization to advance justice for African Americans.
The President’s Award is presented in recognition of special achievement and distinguished public service, with previous recipients including last year’s recipient Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter, Jesse Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Soledad O’Brien, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, and Muhammad Ali among others.
“Rihanna has also used her influence for good through philanthropic efforts. Chief among these is her own Clara Lionel Foundation. The Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) was founded in 2012 by Rihanna in honor of her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. CLF supports and funds groundbreaking and effective education and emergency response programs around the world. With the voices of Rihanna and her fans, CLF also engages in global advocacy with the goal of improving the quality of life for young people everywhere,” the NAACP says.