The city of Philadelphia has declared that this weekend, Mar. 15-17, is officially ‘Meek Mill Weekend.’
Meek (real name Robert Rihmeek Williams) was honored by Philadelphia City Council on Thursday.
Back in January, Meek joined Jay-Z and others to form a coalition that lobbies for changes to state probation and parole laws called the Reform Alliance.
Meek has become a beacon for criminal justice after his own unfair treatment from the system.
Mill was originally convicted in 2008 for drug dealing and firearm possession. He spent eight months in jail then released on five years parole. But due to issues surrounding the probation program, he kept finding himself back behind bars.
“I think we deserve better. I’m trying to fight for young kids that I’ve spent time with and sat in prison with,” said Meek, according to Philly.com.
“I’ve been to prison a few times for probation violations but the one time my city of Philadelphia showed me support is the one time I came out of prison.”
Written By: Tiffany Brockworth