|Wyclef Jean to Receive RFK Center for Justice & Human Rights' Ripple of Hope Award|
|Black Celebrities: Music, Film, and Televsion News|
|Friday, 06 November 2009 19:14|
"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-Prince 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 will honor Bono, lead singer of U2 and co-founder of the advocacy organization ONE and (Product) RED, for his efforts in the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa (www.one.org, www.joinred.com). The organization will recognize Wyclef Jean for his work to strengthen and inspire change in his native country of Haiti through his Yele Haiti organization (www.yele.org).
In addition to the award presentation, there will be special appearances and performances by Wyclef Jean, Governor David Paterson, Governor Jon Corzine, Peter Gallagher, Matthew Modine, Adam Arkin, Joey Pantoliano, and Gloria Reuben. There will also be a special tribute to Senator Edward Kennedy, who served as a member of the RFK Board of Directors from 1968 until his passing this year.