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Harry and Meghan honored for their work on race, mental health and social impact

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were praised for their “moral courage” when they received an award for their work on racial justice, mental health and causes that have a positive impact on society.

Harry and Meghan have been named Ripple Of Hope Award recipients by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights (RFKHR) organization for the work they do through their Archewell Foundation.

They join Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who was also honored this year.

The award is presented to individuals who have been identified as exemplary leaders in government, business, advocacy or entertainment and who have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to social change and a commitment to protecting and promoting justice, justice and human rights.

RFKHR is named for Robert Kennedy, a US Attorney General and Senator who was the brother of President John F. Kennedy.

The organization aims to realize Kennedy’s dream of a more just and peaceful world since his assassination in 1968.

Their President Kerry Kennedy said of the Sussexes: “The couple has always been distinguished by their willingness to speak out and change the narrative on racial justice and mental health around the world.

“You embody the kind of civil courage my father once described as the ‘sole essential, vital quality for those who strive to transform a world that is most painfully vulnerable to change.'”

Harry and Meghan were chosen because they have shown “a lifelong commitment to building strong and just communities, advancing global dialogue on mental health and working for a better world – both online and offline,” organizers said.

Since co-founding the Archewell Foundation in 2020, the couple have found “remarkable ways” to advance their “mission to uplift and unite communities,” the quote added.

RFKHR highlighted the causes Harry and Meghan have supported, including helping Afghan refugees seek resettlement, supporting paid parental leave in the US, investing in organizations working in Ukraine and partnering with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to create the first digital civil right granted rights.

They were also commended for their work with the World Health Organization, People’s Vaccine and Global Citizen groups to advocate for vaccine access around the world and to raise funds to buy doses for frontline health workers.

Harry and Meghan join a number of high-profile, powerful figures who have won the award, including former US Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, current President Joe Biden and his Vice President Kamala Harris.

In recent years, Anglican bishop and Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu, Apple CEO Tim Cook, actor George Clooney, Irish musician Bono, American soccer player Colin Kaepernick, US politicians Stacey Abrams and John Lewis, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief, distinguished medical adviser to Donald Trump and Mr. Biden.

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