Harvard To Honor Lionel Richie Today

Lionel Richie is set to receive the 2011 Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award from the Harvard Foundation today, December 5, 2011 at Kirkland House.

Richie is a multi-award winning superstar and musical genius who has written and recorded many popular love songs. One of those songs he co-wrote was with the late Michael Jackson entitled, "We Are the World," to benefit hunger victims in Africa, and again in 2010 for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. He is also an advocate for breast cancer research and has helped to raise funds to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

"The students and faculty of the Harvard Foundation are pleased to present the 2011 Humanitarian Award to Mr. Lionel Richie in memory of the late Reverend Peter J. Gomes," said Dr. S. Allen Counter, director of the Harvard Foundation. "Richie is one of our nation's most creative musical artists, who has inspired many through his artistic and philanthropic endeavors. Reverend Gomes would be proud of the selection of the legendary musician, Lionel Richie, for this singular honor. We are honored to have him as our special guest on the Harvard campus"

The Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award was created to honor the life and work of the Reverend Peter J. Gomes, Minister in the Memorial Church and the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals, who along with President Derek C. Bok founded the Harvard Foundation. Each year, the Harvard Foundation presents the Humanitarian Award to an individual whose philanthropic works and deeds have served to improve the quality of our lives, and have inspired us to greater heights.

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