J.K. Rowling to Be Honored with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award
J.K. Rowling might be best known as the author of the Harry Potter series, but she has also lent her voice to numerous charitable causes over the years. For her work toward advancing social justice, it has been announced that J.K. Rowling is among this year’s recipients of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award!
Rowling was named a 2019 Ripple of Hope laureate for the work that she has done with her children’s charity, Lumos. Also named as laureates were US Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, environmental activist Wendy Abrams, and the founder and executive chairman of Livongo Health, Glen Tullman.
Kerry Kennedy, the president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and the daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy, was quoted in the organization’s press release.
My father believed that each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, they send forth a tiny ripple of hope. We are proud to honor these extraordinary laureates who have sent forth countless ripples of hope to millions of people inspired by their example.
Rowling was also quoted and expressed how honored she felt to be a recipient of the award.
I’m delighted and honoured to be receiving this [a]ward in such distinguished company and in the spirit of Robert F. Kennedy’s dedication to social change.
Rowling and the other laureates will receive their awards from Kerry Kennedy during the annual Ripple of Hope Gala in New York on Thursday, December 12, 2019.
For more on Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, you can read the press release below or visit the organization’s website. To learn more about Lumos, you can visit its website or view our previous coverage of the organization’s campaigns.
Congratulations to J.K. Rowling on being named a 2019 Ripple of Hope laureate!