Isaac Hayes was a champion of human rights. He was an Ambassador for for the World Literacy Crusade and the Shepherd Foundation, a Harlem-based charity that researches alternative treatments for degenerative diseases.

He established the Isaac Hayes Foundation in 1999 to assist vulnerable populations in realizing their full potential through grants, technical assistance and program development in the areas of health care, economic, community, environmental and human development.

He was crowned an honorary king of Ghana’s Ada district in 1992, in honor of his work supporting literacy. He also opened a school in Ghana designed to link children in Africa with those in American inner cities via the Internet.

Isaac Hayes passed away on August 10, 2008.

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