(AllHipHop News) Robert "Meek Mill" Williams' decision to become an outspoken criminal justice reform advocate has been celebrated by his fans and members of the media. The Championships emcee's altruistic efforts also led to New York University's McSilver Institute for Poverty, Policy and Research naming him a "Vanguard For Social Justice."
Meek Mill, a founding partner of the REFORM Alliance, was among the 2019 McSilver Award guests of honor during a ceremony held in the NYU Kimmel Center for University Life. The McSilver Award recognizes "outstanding individuals who are transforming systems to address the needs of individuals, families, and communities living in poverty, locally and globally."
Super Bowl champion/The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation founder Malcolm Jenkins, Immigration Rights Activist Jose Antonio Vargas, White House Correspondent Yamiche Alcindor, New American Leaders President Sayu Bhojwani, and Girls Who Code CEO Reshma Saujani were also 2019 McSilver Award honorees. Past recipients include Reverend Al Sharpton, Linda Sarsour, Dr. Jelani Cobb, and Rubén Díaz Jr.
The REFORM Alliance was created by Meek Mill along with Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin, Roc Nation founder Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Brooklyn Nets co-owner Clara Wu Tsai, Third Point LLC CEO Daniel S. Loeb, Galaxy Digital CEO Michael E. Novogratz, and Vista Equity Partners CEO Robert F. Smith. The nonprofit organization's goal is to dramatically reduce the number of people in the American criminal justice system by changing laws, policies, and practices.