Meek Mill honored with NYU's Vanguard for Social Justice Award

Nicholas Hunt/Getty ImagesMeek Mill is being celebrated for his work in prison reform.

On Monday, the Philly rapper was honored at the at the seventh annual McSilver Awards at New York University, where he was given the 2019 Vanguard for Social Justice Award. The honor, which went to #MeToo founder Tarana Burke last year, comes after the rapper’s recent launch of the REFORM Alliance, his nonprofit organization targeted at prison reform.

“I’m honored by this recognition,” Mill said in a statement. “When I was released from prison last year, I knew I had a responsibility to use my voice to speak up for the voiceless and fight for criminal justice reform. Change will take time, but me and my team at the REFORM Alliance are committed to making a real difference and fixing a broken justice system.”

The annual event was created to highlight “vanguards for Social Justice who are prominent in their fields and unafraid to use their platforms to help create a more equitable and just world.” 

During the event, the Meek reflected on his time behind bars and his hope as a dedicated advocate for prison reform.

“I’ve been beat by police, I’ve been locked in penitentiaries, I’ve been on probation much of my life… I’ve never seen much justice, and so I wanted to take giants in every field that I could think of and make justice in this country,” he said.

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