Philadelphia declares official 'Meek Mill Weekend' to honor rapper's criminal justice work
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Meek Mill will soon be honored in his hometown of Philadelphia with an official weekend to celebrate his contributions as a rapper and advocate for criminal justice reform. 

The Philadelphia City Council on Thursday announced that it will be celebrating its first “Meek Mill Weekend” starting Friday, The Associated Press reports.

Mill, who was born Robert Rihmeek Williams, reportedly thanked his family and local officials during the announcement.

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The rapper has embraced becoming an activist for criminal justice reform since he was released from prison last year after questions were raised about his arrest for violating probation in a years-old gun and drug possession case.

“I think we deserve better. I’m trying to fight for young kids that I’ve spent time with and sat in prison with," Mill said Thursday, 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,” he continued.

Mill also partnered with Jay-Z and 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin in January to launch Reform Alliance, an initiative that works to push for changes to mass supervision laws, specifically probation and parole policies.