Using your powers for good, Chance the Rapper deserves more than just 3 Grammy wins for his good work.
Without a label, without the backing of big corporate cats funding his movement, Chance the Rapper has donated $1 million towards Chicago’s public school system, more specifically supporting the arts and after-school programs. Calling the move, a ‘call to action’.
“I’m honored to make this donation to Chicago Public Schools Foundation and help cultivate Chicago creative minds,” he said during a news conference this week, “I’m committed to helping Chicago’s children have quality learning experiences that include the arts.”
According to NY Times, after meeting with Illinois’s Republican governor, Bruce Rauner last week to discuss the matter of city schools within the state, the Chicago native was unsettled with the vague responses of which he was given during his Friday meeting.
.@chancetherapper and I talked about the imp. of getting more money for all school children in Illinois, especially low-income children.
— Bruce Rauner (@GovRauner) March 3, 2017
“Governor Rauner can use his executive power to give Chicago’s children the resources they need to fulfill their God-given right to learn,” he said following the meeting. “While I’m frustrated and disappointed in the governor’s inaction, that will not stop me from continuing to do all I can to support Chicago’s most valuable resource: its children.”
With that, Chance used his monies earned via ticket sales for his upcoming tour to make this noble move. The city of Chicago’s school system alone being the third largest in the country with over 400,000 students, Chance saw the urgency and has become proactive about it. The funds spreading across 10 of the cities public elementary and high schools, Chance is also pushing for others to come together on this advocacy via Social Works as this fight will cost way more than $1 million; but it is a start.
Thanks @chancetherapper for giving back to the Chicago community, which gave us so much. You are an example of the power of arts education.
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) March 6, 2017
Even former First Lady Michelle Obama, a Chicago native herself sang Chance’s praises on his great deed in a tweet.
We all should be.