If you're on this website, you're likely not in any need to be told who Meek Mill is. In April of this year (2018), the Philadelphia-native was released from state prison in Pennsylvania on bail after being sentenced in November to 2 to 4 years in prison.
CNN pundit Van Jones presented him with the award on September 27, which will acknowledge the strength and resolve that Meek has demonstrated in the face of America's highly questionable criminal justice system. The award also salutes him in his fight for justice reform, as well as his music career.
In April, the Philadelphia rapper was released from a Pennsylvania state prison on bail after being sentenced last November to two to four years in prison. He's still fighting the probation violation charge that prompted the sentence, which was issued on the basis that he was arrested earlier last year, once for reckless driving and once for fighting at an airport, although both charges were dropped.
The PA Supreme Court ordered his release alongside a legal battle in which the rapper's lawyers argued that the judge in the case was indeed biased. Furthermore, the officer that arrested Meek was banned from being a witness by the Philadelphia DA's office because of a proven history of lying, racial bias, and brutality. The officer was also the only witness in the 2008 trial for the drug and firearm charges that led to Meek Mill's (real name Robert Rihmeek Williams) probation.
Since his release, he has been an outspoken advocate for criminal justice reform. In addition to public comments, he has put together a reform awareness foundation with Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin and even created a docu-series along with rapper Jay Z about about the criminal justice system.