Forbes: RFK Human Rights Honors Nancy Pelosi And J.K. Rowling In New York

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights recently recognized four humanitarians with its Ripple of Hope Awards for their commitment to social justice and civil rights: U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, author J.K. Rowling, environmental activist Wendy Abrams and Livongo Health executive chairman Glen Tullman.

Rowling, also founder of Lumos, a global organization that places orphaned children with families, called Kennedy “a man of both empathy and action. He helped bring about real change and he continues to inspire people way beyond the country of his birth. I’m not sure we can ask much more of any politician, or indeed, human being.”

2019 RFK Ripple of Hope Awards
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 12: Nancy Pelosi speaks onstage at the 2019 RFK Ripple of Hope Awards … [+]GETTY IMAGES

Pelosi noted, “For Bobby Kennedy, ‘hope’ was a weighty word. When Bobby spoke of hope, he spoke not of a blind trust in the ways of the past, nor of a complacent acceptance of the present. Bobby’s hope was different. His hope was an irrepressible insistence on the possibility of the future; a firm faith that through “numberless diverse acts of courage” — standing up for an ideal, improving the lot of others, striking out against injustice — we can forge a more just, equal and good world.”Today In: Lifestyle

At the event activist Yusef Salaam, an exonerated member of the Central Park Five, and Peggy Wallace Kennedy, daughter of Alabama governor and civil rights opponent George C. Wallace, stood together to spotlight the organization’s work on criminal justice reform. 

In her opening remarks, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights president Kerry Kennedy encouraged attendees with a message of hope: “We must strive for a world of compassion and peace, of respect at home and dignity at work, where every person is celebrated as a child of God—where all of our talents and abilities are able to shine because each of us has found that cause that makes everyday worth living. And that world cannot be built on righteous anger alone—that world can only be built on love.”’’

Also at the event, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights—founded in 1968 to advocate for a more just and peaceful world—announced a new, $5 million immigration initiative, which will leverage the organization’s decades of expertise in human rights litigation and criminal justice reform to bring attention to the crisis at the border and in communities across the country.

Emceed by actor Chris Tucker at the Hilton Midtown in New York, the event was attended by 1,300 guests and raised over $5 million.

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