Meek Mill honored with Social Justice Award from NYU’s McSilver Institute. Mill was released from prison in 2018.
Meek Mill received the Vanguard for Social Justice Award. Mill worked in the community and criminal justice system. He stated during his acceptance speech, “Seeing young men like myself in the criminal system would you say there’s no justice in the system? I’ve never seen this side of justice”. His speech was captured in video footage by Meek’s publicist Didier Morais.
Mill went on to admit that he felt inspired to give back after seeing the support he received from the community while imprisoned. Further stating, “I wanted to do something about it when I got the support from my people and people standing for me at this last situation.”
Earlier in June Meek Mill was granted an appellate hearing with the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Mill’s legal team looked to overturn his conviction. It had been weighing him down since being arrested originally in 2007. The 32-year-old remained busy on the music front as Mill released the powerful “Oodles O’Noodles Babies” visual last week. The clip finds him highlighting the vicious prison cycle that tears families of color living in poverty apart.
Mill is also a founding partner and co-chair of the criminal justice reform organization REFORM Alliance. The organization attempting to reform the criminal justice system. Since founding REFORM, the organization has raised over $50 million. This will go towards aiding people trapped in the criminal justice system. Meek’s own experiences with an unjust legal system have inspired him to provide a voice for the voiceless.
Meek Mill took to social media earlier in the day to do another round of “Ask Meek.”
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