Update: During Chance The Rapper’s press conference he took the time to address his discussion with Bruce Rauner, as well as donated $1 million to Chicago Public Schools. The conference can be watched here.
Chance The Rapper will be holding a press conference at an elementary school in Chicago’s South Side later this afternoon.
Chance took to twitter to make the announcement, with the conference taking place at 2pm CST, and streaming globally on Instagram.
At 2pm CST I'm holding a press conference today at Westcott Elementary School. I'll be livestreaming globally via @instagram
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) March 6, 2017
The artist did not provide any other details about the conference, but it will likely address the issue of education funding in Chicago.
Chance recently met with Governor Bruce Rauner to discuss a number of topics concerning the city, with the biggest one being education and improving public schools.
Following the 30 minute conversation, Chance was greeted by a group of reporters where he proceeded to tell them that the meeting left him “flustered.”
“The kids are on the table right now,” Chance said to the reporters. “We spoke for a second, and it sounded like we were going somewhere, but it sounds like it’s hinged on passing another bill. I’m not a politician.”
Chance also met with civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson recently. The latter posted a picture on his Instagram a day ago, where he said the two met in Chicago to talk about public education.
Hopefully, a change is coming to Chicago. Along with Chance using his platform to better the city, Barack Obama recently reappeared in Chicago to begin working on his Obama Center that will be built on the city’s South Side.
“The South Side is the President and Mrs. Obama’s home so he intends to not only build the Center there, but also bring opportunities to the area,” former Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said to the Chicago Sun Times. “The President was very eager to hear suggestions from the community members and encouraged them to continue the dialogue with his team after he left.”
Education reform is necessary throughout the entire country. Today, Complex released a video taken from their ComplexCon event held last year, where Jesse Williams and a number of other activists and celebrities discussed the importance of improving America’s education system.
“Schools have defaulted into holding cells; they’re just a box that you go and sit in because you’re supposed to,” Williams says in the video. “The objective of sitting in that box needs to be reexamined and is that box safe? Is it a space where I can be nurtured and inspired? So schools should really be about education…and whose responsibility is it?”