Meek Mill is often being recognized for his skills as one of the best MC’s in the game. But now Meek is being honored for his work as an activist. Meek Mill is being honored in his hometown of Philadelphia for his work as a criminal justice reform advocate and as a musician.
At the ceremony, Meek mentioned why he now works for prison reform. He said, “ As you know the situation I have been through, a lot of people didn’t know, when I came home I was focused on really trying to give young kids like me a fair shot coming up in the system.”
The Mayor of the city of Brotherly Love, Jim Kenney took to Twitter to congratulate the “Uptown Vibes,” rapper. “Meek Mill is well-deserving of this honor,” he said. “He has used his celebrity for good by giving back to the community and raising national awareness of the need for criminal justice reform. Congrats Meek!”
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The Philadelphia City Council announced Thursday that “Meek Mill Weekend” will commence Friday.
Meek has been active as a musician and raising awareness of his fight for prison reform. In January, Mill joined Jay-Z and others to form a coalition that lobbies for changes to state probation and parole laws called the Reform Alliance.
After the ceremony, Meek said to the media, “Our foundation is focusing on probation and parole. That was the biggest obstacle that always stopped me in my life. … You have kids that might make a mistake and get on probation. Smoke a joint and you might end up in the penitentiary for three years getting raised by a felon.”
“[This honor] is not a call-out for people to do crimes and not go to jail,” Mill said. “This is a call-out for people to get a fair chance. And that’s what I’m here fighting for.”