Please join Leaky in congratulating J.K. Rowling on another well-deserved award: She will be honoured in a ceremony on December 12th as a recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award. Now in its 51st year, the award is given annually for outstanding work in human rights. In addition to creating the Harry Potter series and the Cormoran Strike mystery series, J.K. Rowling founded a children’s charity, Lumos, that endeavours to get children out of orphanages and into loving homes with families.
This year’s Ripple of Hope laureates also include Speak of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, environmental activist Wendy Abrams, and Livongo Health founder Glen Tullman.
According to Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights President Kerry Kennedy, “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.”
J.K. Rowling has received numerous awards, honours, and honorary degrees, most related to her literary works. This award recognising her human rights work through Lumos will undoubtedly be close to her heart. She responded to the news that she is among 2019’s laureates: “I’m delighted and honoured to be receiving this Award in such distinguished company and in the spirit of Robert F. Kennedy’s dedication to social change.”
Fantastic news that our Founder and Life President J.K. Rowling will be receiving a Robert F Kennedy #RippleofHope Award in NYC on 12th Dec 2019. The award recognises leaders from govt, business, advocacy and entertainment who are dedicated to advancing positive social change. pic.twitter.com/qLnN9OzQVD
— Lumos (@lumos) August 13, 2019