The Philly rapper has been honored with a Nelson Mandela Foundation 'Changemaker' Humanitarian Award, becoming the first rapper in history to do so.
Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Diamond Ball Meek Mill Becomes First Rapper To Receive Nelson Mandela Humanitarian Award Published on:Aug 13, 2021, 3:45 AM by 1 Philadelphia, PA Meek Millhas won multiple awards in his career, including Top Rap Album at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards and Best Mixtape at the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards, but his latest trophy carries special significance. The Philly rapper has been honored with a prestigious Nelson MandelaFoundation Changemaker Humanitarian Award, becoming the first rapper in history to do so. Meek announced his unprecedented achievement on Thursday (August 12) with an Instagram post showing off the latest addition to his mantlepiece. Blessings.., he wrote as the caption. I got the Nelson Mandela humanitarian award Thankyou Rip to the great Nelson Mandela. I aint grow up playing ball I had a smith & western* because where Im from its very hard to turn 27 #survivors. A post shared by Meek Mill (@meekmill) Slim Thug, DC Young Fly, Miami Heat player P.J. Tucker, record executive Steven Victor and former NBA champion Stephen Jackson were among those who offered their congratulations to Meek in the comments. Since his release from prisonin 2018, Meek Mill has been a leading advocatein the fight for criminal justice reform. In 2019, he partnered with JAY-Z and billionaire sports mogul Michael Rubin, among other activists and philanthropists, to establish REFORM Alliance a nonprofit organization whose aim is to transform probation and parole by changing laws, systems and culture to create real pathways to work and wellbeing. REFORM Alliance has scored several victories in its fight for prison reform. In October, they helped pass the AB 1950 billin California, which limits the probation periods of criminals. Theyve also been instrumental in getting similar probation bills passed in Pennsylvania Virginia Michigan and Mississippi.