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Barack Obama awarded prestigious human rights award

HONOURED: Barack Obama

BARACK OBAMA has received the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award on Wednesday night.

The award ceremony took place on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy who was shot during a campaign rally in 1968 in Los Angeles.

Former winners of the prestigious award include actor Robert De Niro and Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Taking to the stage to accept his award, the former President of the United States said: “Hope is never a willful ignorance to the harshness and cruelties that so many suffer. Or the enormous challenges that we face in mounting progress in this imperfect world.”

“And hope is certainly not the smug complacency of those who won life’s lottery and think it’s all because of their intelligence, or charm or hard work on their own.

“Rather, hope is the insistence that, no matter how hard our circumstances, there are better days ahead. That the crooked road can be made straight. That out of the ashes a phoenix can rise.

“That if we persist despite all of our individual failings and all of our inadequacies, together we can overcome. Together, we can do better. A belief in goodness and human ingenuity.

“And, maybe most of all, our ability to connect with each other and see each other in ourselves. And then we summon our best selves, and maybe we can inspire others to do the same,” concluded Obama.

The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organisation said of Obama: “In times of great challenge and change, President Obama’s leadership ushered in a stronger economy, a more equal society, a nation more secure at home and more respected around the world.

“The Obama years were ones in which more people not only began to see themselves in the changing face of America, but to see America the way he always has—as the only place on earth where so many of our stories could even be possible.”

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