We all know Uncle Luke from his prime days as the leader of the popular Hip-Hop group the 2 Live Crew with hits like “Hoochie Mama” and solo hits like the legendary “I Wanna Rock (Doo Doo Brown)” that is still being sampled today. But a lot of people don’t know the philanthropy work Uncle Luke contributes to his hometown of Miami Dade County.
Earlier this week, the Mayor of Miami presented Uncle Luke with the key to the city of Miami. Uncle Luke’s key to the city of Miami was specifically in honor of his years of service as an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and community activist.
As an expression of acknowledgment of responsibility and appreciation, Uncle Luke explained, “I take any and all recognitions of my work with the youth and my influence with on adults very seriously to be recognized by the Mayor for that work it is such a honor I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Uncle Luke is best known for starting the Liberty City Warriors youth football team which provides a positive outlet for Miami youth and the impact of that outlet has proved to be beneficial — so much so that Lebron James and his SpringHill Entertainment production company produced a Starz series titled Warriors of Liberty City in which they documented the current and former Warriors players, parents, and coaches, as well as the community that hosts and supports them gladly.
In addition, Uncle Luke is a columnist for the Miami New Times covering socio-economic inequality. Mayor Suarez expressed, “ Luther Campbell has established himself as a source of inspiration for Miami’s youth, empowering them to pursue a life guided by education and entrepreneurship.”
Congrats Uncle Luke! Keep being the change the community needs to see.