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Philadelphia Declares March 15–17 Meek Mill Weekend
Rapper and activist Meek Mill was celebrated in his hometown of Philadelphia, Penn. today, where city officials declared this coming weekend, March 15–17, "Meek Mill Weekend."
The Philadelphia City Council presented the 31-year-old rapper with the honor this morning, during which he gave a speech thanking the city for its support as he continues to speak up for criminal justice reform. Less than a year ago, on April 24, 2018, Mill was released from jail after being sentenced to two to four years in 2017 after a technical probation violation.
"I don't believe young kids where we come from, minorities like myself, should have a shot like that. I think we deserve better and I'm trying to fight for the young kids that I actually spent time and sat in prison with multiple times for not even committing crime," Mill said during his speech.
"I want to thank everybody who ever supported me that put me in this situation… And I just think, as the city of Philadelphia, me with a platform, being a musical artist, being known worldwide, I can use my voice to actually make things better," he continued.
Mill hasn't wasted anytime using his voice to stand up for others. Earlier this year, on Jan. 23, Mill, along with fellow rapper Jay-Z, longtime social justice activist Van Jones and several other leaders from diverse areas of expertise, launched the REFORM Alliance to work together on criminal justice reform.
"This is a call out to get people who actually come up under different circumstances a fair shot in America, and that's the people I want to speak for…I think in this life you deserve right if you're living the right way, you deserve a fair shot and that's what I'm here fighting for," Mill added during his City Hall speech.
Meek Mill Weekend arrives just in time for the rapper to share his music with his city, as he continues his Motivation Tour with two shows in Philly on March 15 and 16. The tour is in support of his latest album, Championships, and has five more stops after this weekend, finishing up in Atlanta on March 24.