The City of Houston has recently declared Feb. 24 as “Meek Mill Day,”. Meek confirmed the honor on his Instagram this weekend by sharing photos of the proclamation as well as his performance on Saturday night at Houston’s Revention Music Center. “Life is a rollercoaster,” he captioned the post.
This honor is tied to Meek’s ongoing advocacy work or the rights of American citizens being mistreated by the justice system. The rapper received a two- to a four-year prison sentence in 2017 for supposedly violating his probation. The sentence was widely criticized as unjust and heavy-handed and sparked nationwide protests beginning the “Free Meek” movement. Since his release from prison, Meek has used his platform to promote criminal justice reform.
During his stay in Houston this weekend, Meek talked to a group of boys in the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department. He spoke out on his life struggles and encouraged the group to make the right choices regardless of circumstance. “I wanted to be the smart kid who makes all the right decisions,” Meek said. “If you want to go to the penitentiary and live that life, do that. But if you want to be somebody and you don’t want to fall victim to that—because we’ve got millions of people who look like us that have done that alread—then listen to the voice and make the right choices at the right time.”