Chance the Rapper was given the BET Humanitarian Award on Sunday night. He is a mere 24 years of age and already is making a powerful impact. A Chicago-native he is committed to being part of the solution to the rampant violence in on the streets of Chicago. He has started a non-profit called SocialWorks and is committed to donating 1 million dollars of his own money.
According to BuzzFeeed News, Former First Lady Michelle Obama made a surprise introduction via video,
“We have known Chance and his family since he was a wee little baby rapper,” Obama said. “Chance is showing our young people that they matter. That they have something inside of them that is worthy of being expressed … I can think of no better legacy to leave. And I am thrilled to celebrate you here tonight and honored to call myself your friend.”
In these days of horrific shootings of young innocent Black men. When justice is far from view. When Black lives don’t matter to too many, it is comforting and encouraging to see a young man committing himself to being part of the solution.