NEW YORK—The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights awarded singer Bono and Wyclef Jean the organization’s 2009 Ripple of Hope Award at an annual dinner held at Pier 60 on Manhattan’s West Side on Nov. 18.
“As champions of justice, Bono and Wyclef have brought the national spotlight to human rights violations, empowered local activists, and transformed the lives of millions of people living in poverty from Port-au-Price to Darfur” said Kerry Kennedy, founder of the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights. “Their efforts evoke the spirit of my father and we are honored to recognize them.”
The award honors Bono, lead singer for U2 and co-founder of the organizations ONE and (Product) RED, for his efforts in the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease and Jean for his work to strengthen and inspire change in his native country of Haiti through his Yele Haiti organization.
Other attendees at the event included Ethel Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Harry Belafonte, Martha Stewart, actors Matthew Modine and Gloria Reuben, radio host Bill O’Reilly, and former NJ Gov. Jon Corzine.
The RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the human rights movement through innovative support to human rights defenders around the world.